The cast of Beneath an Irish Sky
Letterkenny Music & Drama Group are delighted to be returning to An Grianán Theatre with their multi award winning festival production of “Beneath an Irish Sky” for one night only on Saturday, 21st April prior to competing in the All Ireland Finals in Athlone.
Inspired by archive reports and eyewitness testimonies, “Beneath An Irish Sky” is written by local historian and actor Kieran Kelly and looks at the events of the ‘decade of change’ from a Donegal perspective. Set in Letterkenny between the years 1914-1924, it tells the fictionalised account of one man’s journey through those turbulent times, questioning what made him pick up a gun to fight for his country.
The play depicts how the central character of Brendan McDevitt (Eoin Callaghan) was affected by the seismic events unfolding around him – from World War 1, through the War of Independence and up to the Civil War - and shows how these events convinced him to gradually move from the peaceful Nationalism of the Ancient Order of Hibernians into the more militant Republicanism of Sinn Féin. This life altering decision will have far reaching implications for both himself and his family. The various decisions he makes throughout his journey are all influenced by those around him, from the attitude of his parents Barney (Kieran Kelly) and Cassie (Elaine Gillespie), the actions of his brother Michael (Loic Cech), his neighbour Mary (Laura Doherty) and the political allegiances of both the local priest Father Crawford (Michael Leddy) and the persuasive Doctor McBride (Martin Hasson).
The play returns to An Grianan Theatre on Saturday 21st April at 8pm and will have one further performance in the Balor Theatre in Ballybofey on Monday 7th May prior to its performance in the All Ireland Final three days later.