A play is Rising: Dublin premiere on October 29


So… a new month dawns and, boosted by news of the Wexford book tour plus South Dublin County Council‘s kind invitation to Ballyroan Library, it’s time to organise my Easter Rising play during this busy centenary year.

1916: The Red-Letter Play

1916: The Red-Letter Play (instead of ‘Day’ – geddit?!) is being penned from the third and final section of my magic history adventure for children aged eight to 12, after brave heroine Jenny and her quirky wordsmith guide O’Flahertie land in 1916.

The short play will be performed live for the first time in front of an audience on October 29 in Naomh Barrog GAA Club in Kilbarrack (a hop from Howth Junction-Donaghmede Dart station – entrance at the blue pin on the map below – and right beside the terminus of the trusty 17A bus, as long as the drivers aren’t on strike again…).


My new play should be great fun as well as informative and educational, so I really hope to see lots of you there. We’re making history, after all!

But the play’s not the whole thing – there will be a children’s fancy-dress party, too.

Highlights at the glittering Naomh Barrog bash, which starts at 3pm on October 29, also include:

  • Prizes for the boy and girl wearing the best 1916 Easter Rising outfit;
  • Prizes for a colouring competition using the full-page illustrations from The Red-Letter Day;
  • Books signed by the author and a draw with lovely prizes for parents;
  • Free light refreshments.

I happen to know that pupils from local Bayside Senior National School worked very hard on Easter Rising projects this year and also dressed in the clothes of the era as part of their commemorations. So I really hope you’ll dig out your outfits again and come to Naomh Barrog on October 29 for 1916: The Red-Letter Play.

Right, back to work! I appreciate the play is ambitious in the timeframe – but, then again, I did manage to write and publish an entire illustrated book in seven weeks. I’m also applying to Dublin City Council for a grant… and anyone else who will listen!

So if you happen to be high up in a multinational corporation – perhaps one named after a fruit, and perhaps with apple-logo-0028640x4800029€13 billion currently going a-begging in an account marked ‘Ireland: tax ruling’ – please contact me, because we can definitely put on 1916: The Red-Letter Play for a big bite less than €13 billion juicy ones!

I’ll be casting soon, so if you’d like to take part or help, please get in touch.

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