I recently returned from living in London so I am re-discovering Perth and its hidden nooks and crannies.
One historical meeting and an Irish Free State is born
If you love history and have a bit of the Irish about you, or even if don't, you'll want to catch the upcoming performances of Allegiance by Mary Kenny, supported by The Irish Theatre Players, at The Irish Club of Western Australia.
The play tells the story of the negotiation of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921 between Winston Churchill, then Colonial Secretary in charge of Ireland, and Irish Rebel leader Michael Collins.
The 1996 film entitled "Michael Collins" starring Liam Neeson includes this same event as the Treaty was a source of deep division in Ireland with those for and against.
Whilst the play won't have the lovely Liam you will get to see the talented Irish Theatre Players re-enact a fictionalised account of what might have gone on between Churchill and Collins during this historical meeting in London.
Allegiance by Mary Kenny, Directed by Noel O'Neill
The playwright Mary Kenny, born in Dublin, used historical sources to imagine what would have gone on at the meeting.
The meeting followed the Truce and the Irish War of Independence so the two men were prepared to detest each another. However, Churchill and Collins spent the whole night drinking, talking, arguing, singing and reciting poetry to one another. They emerged from the meeting with an apparent mutual admiration even though each opposed the other's point of view.
To confirm Churchill's eventual support for the cause, it was noted that Michael Collins, before his untimely death, sent a valedictory message: "Tell Winston we could never have done it (establish the Free State) without him."
The play is directed by Noel O'Neill and stars James Hagan and Bryn Coldrick with Maggie Meyer and Kim Taylor. The play is showing from 10th to 13th June, 2015 so be sure to get your tickets online here.