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Allegiance - A Night That Changed History

Written by Mary Kenny Allegiance is the dramatization of actual events that changed history.

In 1921 Eamon de Valera ordered Michael Collins, under sufferance, to travel to London with an Irish delegation to negotiate the treaty which followed the truce and the War of Independence. Winston Churchill was Colonial Secretary in charge of Ireland and the two men were prepared to detest one another. Yet, at a point when the treaty talks seemed to be in stasis Churchill and Collins spent a night drinking together, talking, arguing, even singing and reciting poetry. They emerged from this session fascinated by each other.

Afterward Winston Churchill softened towards Ireland and gave Michael Collins and the Irish Free State every support he could.

The play is a moving portrait of two men who were antagonists and yet, at a certain level, comrades, each recognizing the qualities of the other. And, not many people know this, but Churchill had as many links as Collins to north Kerry having spent his childhood summers as his cousins’ estate of Tarbert House.

This play also had a very successful run in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006 starring Mel Smith as Churchill with Michael Fassbender reprising the role of his direct descendant Michael Collins!

Allegiance, a superb and very entertaining play, promises to engage the audience right from the start.

Allegiance will feature at the Source Arts Centre on Thursday, March 7th at 8pm. Tickets are priced at E16 (E14 concession).

Why not make a night of it and come early to enjoy a meal or bar bites at The Source Café from 7pm? Please call Matt on 0504 58858 for more details. The Source Bar will be open from 7pm. For bookings please call the box office on 0504 90204 or visit: thesourceartscentre.ie.

Ireland’s Got Mammies

Never underestimate the power of a strong angle. Colm O’Regan might not be the most famous comedian on the circuit, but he can certainly draw a crowd thanks to the universal appeal of a show called Ireland’s Got Mammies.

The show is based on his cult Twitter feed, @irishmammies, which tweets the shared folk wisdom of an entire generation, using the clichés and distinctive language with which every Irish family will be all-too familiar.

O’Regan gets a laugh every time he spouts a phrase that the audience recognizes from their own mammy – or might even have found themselves uttering.

Obsessions with the weather, the tea, cooking and how the neighbours’ children are doing are all reflected, with the comic perfectly capturing the right turns of phase he’s had a lifetime to study.

The Twitter account continues to gather followers daily, with observations such as “I’ve the electric blanket on again tonight”, “Magine, and it nearly May”, “Global warming my eye”, “Could I have ten euros of credit for 087 please and I wonder would you mind putting it on the phone for me like a good lad” and the priceless “what do you mean ‘out’? Out where?” Colm has brought the world of the Irish mammy to life in a unique and dotey way and now he’s made a complete show of mammy.

Ireland’s Got Mammies features at the Source Arts Centre on Friday, March 8th at 8pm. Tickets are priced at E16 (E14 concession).

Why not make a night of it and come early to enjoy a meal or bar bites at The Source Café from 7pm? Please call Matt on 0504 58858 for more details. The Source Bar will be open from 7pm. For bookings please call the box office on 0504 90204 or visit: thesourceartscentre.ie.

 
 
 

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