Thursday 26 April 2018

Viewers shocked as young boy shot dead in RTE drama Rebellion

Drama: Perdita Weeks as Vanessa in the first episode of 'Rebellion' last weekend
Ruth Bradley as Frances O'Flaherty in Rebellion
Sarah Greene in her role in the RTÉ drama Rebellion.
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Viewers of RTE's drama Rebellion were reeling last night after watching scenes depicting the shooting dead of a young boy in the street.

Peter (Jason Cullen), the 14-year-old nephew of Jimmy Mahon (Brian Gleeson), is one of the youngest victims in the drama based on the 1916 Rising after his character was gunned down in the street while collecting apples in the third episode.

Medical student Elizabeth Butler (Charlie Murphy) rushes to his aid and carries him to a hospital.

But despite her best efforts to save him, his injuries prove too severe and he dies on the table while Mahon runs in to find his nephew has passed away.

Paying tributes to young actor Jason, Gleeson said that he should be "proud of his impact on the series."

"His performance was great," he told the Herald.

"War is violent and random and this episode jumps in the deep end and isn't afraid of showing the horrific loss that some of the characters have endure.

"I'm very proud to be on the screen with all the actors in this show. They're all absolutely terrific," Gleeson added.

Meanwhile, Tallaght girl Jordanne Jones (15), the teenage star of Rebellion, has spoken about her grandmother, who used to live in a tenement.

Tallaght native Jordanne (15), who plays Minnie, said: "My nanny would have talked to me about it because she lived in a tenement. So actually seeing it was weird."

Hailed as the next Saoirse Ronan, the talented youngster - whose character is an impoverished prostitute - is also keeping it in the family when it comes to her fellow cast members as her sibling on the show Sadie is played by her real-life sister Jaelynne (8).

"People could come up to us and say 'You go on like actual siblings' and we'd go 'Yeah we are!'," she said.


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