In November 1867, three Irishmen were hanged in front of thousands of people in Salford. The three - Allen, Larkin & O'Brien - became known as the "Manchester Martyrs" and their trial & execution became one of the most famous episodes in Irish history. Please join us for a special anniversary event in two parts...
In part one Straightforward Theatre will present a new play written for this 150th anniversary:
EDWARD AND ELIZA & The Smashing of The Van
The year is 1867. Edward Brett and his Irish wife, Eliza are struggling to make a living from their small shop. Edward’s brother, a popular policeman, is shot dead during the rescue of two Irish Republican prisoners in Manchester. A huge upsurge of anti-Irish feeling sweeps the country, and three Irishmen are publicly hanged. Edward and Eliza struggle to cope with their loss, their loyalty to each other and their different cultural backgrounds.
Written by renowned playwright Eileen Murphy ("Where The Fenians Sleep"), the play explores dilemmas that are still very relevant today and is directed by Chris Honer (ex-Artistic Director of Manchester's Library Theatre).
The play will be followed by...
MANCHESTER MARTYRS: The Story and The Songs
The true-life events will be brought to life with a series of dramatic readings, interspersed with live music from Angela Durcan and Dominic Kane, featuring famous songs from the times ("God Save Ireland", "Down by the Glenside" and more).
2.30pm: Doors open
3pm: PLAY: EDWARD & ELIZA
5pm: THE STORY & THE SONGS
Book Stall • Bar/tea/coffee/snacks available
Entry £8 in advance; £10 on the door.
Advance tickets available at www.wegottickets.com/ mancirish
PLEASE NOTE: The play will be presented downstairs at the club, however part 2 of this event will be held in the upper room which is not wheelchair accessible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any queries regarding this please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presented by STRAIGHTFORWARD THEATRE in conjunction with IRISH MANCUNIAN.