Play on Lyreacrompane Bog Drainage Scheme of 1752 – Rehearsals in Full Swing

Cast members, Chris Fitzgerald with Mary O’Connor, Rachel O’Connor and Jamie Mazzelle. Photograph: Kiana Breathnach.

Richard Walsh from Ballybunion is currently theatre artist in residence at St. John’s Theatre in Listowel – a post funded by the Arts Council with support from Kerry County Council.

His theatre company NoKe Theatre (North Kerry Theatre) has been founded to develop theatre that unravels the landscape of North Kerry and the effects of capitalism on its aspect.

Rehearsals in Full Swing

Rehearsals are in full swing this week for a work in progress showing of Drainage Scheme 1752 a theatre show that looks at the Kerry landscape of 18th Century.

Younger actors in the community are also involved in this part of the rehearsal process through funding from Creative Ireland Kerry. They have participated in workshops and will be involved in a number of aspects of the production.

Opportunity to Engage

“I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to work with these young people,” said Richard.

“An interest in the arts is something that comes naturally, but needs space to develop and grow. The arts build community and resilience and every opportunity to engage creatively should be given to young people.

Chris Fitzgerald and St. John’s do fantastic work with young people here and I’m delighted to get a chance to work with such a great group.”

Lyreacrompane in 1752

The story of the play follows a family which has moved to Lyreacrompane in 1752 to work on a bog drainage scheme, which is the first attempt in the area to convert bog into farmland.

The play explores the relationship between them, the banking system and local wealthy Catholics.

Drainage Scheme 1752 has been in development since 2018, involving local historians, schools and youth theatres in the process.

Scheduled for December 19th

A full performance is scheduled for December 19th at St. John’s Theatre, Listowel while the work in progress showing will take place on October 30th at 4pm.

This is free to the public, but you’re advised to email: to book a ticket.

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