The Source Arts Centre in Thurles will feature ‘The Assassination of Brian Boru’ on Friday, May 8th (8pm).
Brian Boru was assassinated in the battle of Clontarf 1014 - this plays tells a very personal tale about a brotherly bond, but it also captures a seminal event in Irish history. It’s a story of brotherhood, blood, ravens on the battle field and the death of a great king.
Two brothers of conflicting ideals sail to Ireland to defeat the High King Brian Boru. Over the course of the journey they part as enemies and meet again on opposite sides of the battlefield.
Brodir and Ospak are respected warriors, two brothers of vastly different temperament who have fought side by side in many battles throughout their lives.
On their journey to Ireland they are plagued by omens, iron beaked ravens and showers of spears and blood. Cracks begin to scar their accord. The omens tell Ospak that they find themselves on the wrong side, but Brodir is dogged in his hunger for victory and power.
The voyage breaks them as brothers and allies.
Ospak deserts his brother to convert to Christianity and fight on the side of the good King.
The brothers meet on the battlefield after Boru is killed, and in the bloodthirsty mess of the fight even the clarity of death is shaken.
For all bookings and enquiries please call The Source Arts Centre box office on 0504 90204 (Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 2-5pm) or book online at www.thesourceartscentre.ie.