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'The Plough and The Stars' - The Irish Theatre Players

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The Irish Theatre Players (ITP) latest production, The Plough and The Stars is their first production of 2016. Last year the ITP took out several awards at last year's Dramafest West Australian State One Act Drama Festival including The Dorothy Barber Award for Best Overall Production for Voices in the Rubble.

A tragedy in 4 Acts, The Plough and the Stars is a dark comedy set in a Dublin tenement building where the vibrant characters created by O'Casey struggle to reconcile with the outward conflict of the rebellion and their own intimate relationships. The Irish Theatre Players once again create a daring show of talent and expertise with this large scale production. The encapsulating set will give the audience the feeling that they themselves are also in the show.

Arguably O'Casey best and most controversial play, The Plough and the Stars is centred on a young married couple, Jack and Nora Clitheroe who struggle to maintain their relationship amidst the necessities of the Rising. O'Casey gives us a snapshot of what proletariat Dublin was like in the lead up to and during the 1916 Easter Rising as Ireland is torn apart by war.

Keeping in line with the high calibre of work presented by the ITP, the Plough and the Stars is directed by established professional director and playwright Hellie Turner who has a wide range of accolades to her name including' Winner - WA Premiers Book Award (scripts) 2002' for "Bench" & 'Residency/workshop Lark Play Development Centre, New York, April, 2013' for "Bela Kiz" to name a few. The production is assisted in direction by award winning actress Mary Murphy - Independent Theatre Association, Dramafest West Australian State One Act Drama Festival, 2015 Best Actress - Voices in the Rubble. Both directors draw on an abundance of professional directing experience to encourage characterizations from an enthusiastic Irish Theatre Players cast.

This talented and experienced group of eleven thespians comes to the stage to present this special production over a two week run commencing just after Easter. The play is full of unforgettable characters and relationships fuelled with passion & fear that the actors bring to life diligently. The Plough and the Stars cast include the highly accomplished:

Adrian Mills (Corporal Stoddart) Dramafest WA One Act Drama Festival 2015 Best Actor - Voices in the Rubble,
Rory Buckley (Covey)South West Drama Festival, Best Actor Award Lovers,
Katie Toner (Mollser),
Michelle Delaney (Rosie Redmond),
Aidan Murphy (Sergeant Tinley/Lieut. Langon),
John Flood (Bartender),

Brian Donohue Jack Clitheroe
Brian Donohue Jack Clitheroe
Brian Donohue (Jack Clitheroe),
Sandi Buckley Nora Clitheroe
Sandi Buckley Nora Clitheroe
Sandi Buckley (Nora Clitheroe),
Joe Purcell Peter Flynn
Joe Purcell Peter Flynn
Joe Purcell (Peter Flynn),
Charlotte Weber Bessie Burgess
Charlotte Weber Bessie Burgess
Charlotte Weber (Bessie Burgess),
Siobhan Wright Mrs. Gogan
Siobhan Wright Mrs. Gogan
Siobhan Wright (Mrs.Gogan),
Stan O'Neill Fluther Good
Stan O'Neill Fluther Good
Stan O'Neill (Fluther Good),
Brian O'Donovan Capt. Brennan
Brian O'Donovan Capt. Brennan
Brian O'Donovan (Capt. Brennan),

Shocking for its time this provocative play caused riots in The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, during its premiere run but was strongly defended by none other than W.B. Yeats. It is now widely regarded as a masterpiece.

Historically the name of the play - The Plough and the Stars was the flag of the Irish Citizens Army (ICA). James Connolly, the co-founder of the ICA, said the Plough and the Stars, a prominent constellation in the night sky over Ireland throughout the year, were a symbol that a free Ireland would control its own destiny from the plough to the stars. It is with great joy & pride that the Irish Theatre Players present this play on the centenary of the Rising.

'"No welcome, genial or damnable, to a war. For we ourselves have had a bitter taste of what war is like." Sean O'Casey

"You can die now, Fluther, for you've seen th' shadow-dreams of th' past lepton' to life in th' bodies of livin' men that show, if we were without a titther o' courage for centuries, we're vice versa now!" Fluther

The Irish Theatre Player's ITA Awards winning Front of House team will be taking you back to 1916 themed theatre event to give the audiences the complete theatrical night out experience.

Expect the customary Irish Theatre Player's community charm including the traditional Irish pub ambiance and shop supplemented with port on arrival and a delightful light supper.

Don't forget to buy your raffle ticket as there is always an impressive range of wonderful raffle prizes courtesy of kind sponsors all proceeds go to updating theatre equipment.

Book Early to avoid disappoint, this show is sure to sell out quick! The Plough and The Stars play is performed at 8pm March 30, 31 & April 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14 & 16 with a Saturday Matinee 16 April 2pm & Sunday 3pm matinees April 3 & 10.

Tickets are $25 & $20 concession Book now!
Website:Irish Theatre Players Website

Irish Theatre Players is located at the Irish Club of Western Australia, 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco.
Venue: Irish Club of WA, 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco
Writer: Sean O'Casey
Director: Hellie Turner



Cast of the Plough and The Stars at the St Patricks Day Parade Leederville 13 March 2016
Cast of the Plough and The Stars at the St Patricks Day Parade Leederville 13 March 2016
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When: 30 March - 16 April - matinee & evening
Phone: 0406085620
Where: The Irish Club of WA, 61 Townshend Street Subiaco
Cost: $25 & $20 concession
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