Against The Odds:
Festival Of New 'London Irish' Plays 2018

Against The Odds

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For its second Festival of new London Irish Plays Green Curtain Theatre has chosen its theme as “Against the Odds”.

In “A Tragic Carmody” internationally acclaimed artist Brian Whelan relates his real life experience working with the late Camden artist, Danny Carmody, as they attempted to stage an exhibition of London Irish Art.

Award winning playwright Martin McNamara returns with “Mosley Must Fall”, second play in a trilogy about Liam McEnroe, a volunteer from the Easter Rising. Now living in 1930s East End of London, we see a disillusioned father trying to keep his sons out of the growing political violence.

Our third play “What’s The Story?”, by Maureen Alcorn, examines the unsung contribution made by Irish nurses to London hospitals during the Blitz in the Second World War, a contribution which continues to today as the NHS celebrates the 80th anniversary of its founding”.

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A Tragic Carmody by Brian Whelan
In his first play celebrated contemporary artist Brian Whelan tells the true story of his collaboration with the late artist Danny Carmody as they attempt to stage an exhibition of London Irish art . Danny, a builder, was a self-taught artist who believed in painting big. His works were the size of a small carpet and reflected the ‘rawness and soreness’ of his life. Brian never doubted the talent of his friend, but how will the artistic world and his own London Irish community respond to his work?

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What’s the Story? by Maureen Alcorn
1940. Two young Irish girls join the thousands leaving their native land to take up nursing posts in war torn London. How will they fair amongst the bombs and rationing as they care for TB patients in the Lewisham hospital to which they are sent? This‘ imagined play’ is a tribute to the real life Staff Nurse Mary Fleming and Senior Assistant Nurse Aileen Turner, two Irish women awarded the George Medal in 1941. Mary’s citation when she received the honour read: “for her quickness, coolness and courage in rescuing seventeen patients from almost certain death after the Grove Park Hospital was shattered by a German bomb”

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Mosley Must Fall by Martin McNamara
October 1936. Tensions are rising in the streets of East London as Oswald Mosley and his fascists prepare to march through the Jewish and Irish ghettos. And tensions are running high in the McEnroe household. Liam McEnroe, a damaged veteran of the Dublin Easter Rising in 1916, is determined his two sons will stay out of the fray, but the conflict and the conflicting forces of British fascism, Left wing radicals, devout Irish Catholicism and cross religious love are threatening to rip his family apart.

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Tuesday 20th
February

7.30pm: A TRAGIC CARMODY

Wednesday 21st February

7.30pm: WHAT’S THE STORY

Thursday 22nd February 

7.30pm: MOSLEY MUST FALL

Friday 23rd February

7.30pm: A TRAGIC CARMODY

Saturday 24th February

2.30pm: MOSLEY MUST FALL

Saturday 24th February

7.30pm: WHAT’S THE STORY

Tuesday 27th February

7.30pm: MOSLEY MUST FALL

Wednesday 28th February

7.30pm: WHAT’S THE STORY

Thursday 1st March

7.30pm: A TRAGIC CARMODY

Friday 2nd March

7.30pm: MOSLEY MUST FALL

Saturday 3rd March

2.30pm: WHAT’S THE STORY

Saturday 3rd March

7.30pm: MOSLEY MUST FALL

Green Curtain theatre was set up in 2011 to produce new work for the Irish community in London. It provides opportunities for writers, actors and directors drawn from, but not  exclusively, the London Irish diaspora.

IRISH IN BRITAIN

For centuries London has been home to a large Irish population. The Green Curtain Theatre company will work with members of this community to produce and perform plays which reflect our experience and history in London and England.

Listen to Green Curtain’s director Anne Curtis being interviewed by Marian Larragy from Camden Community Radio