A special performance of Wild Sky, by acclaimed playwright, producer and former KPMG employee Deirdre Kinahan, took place at KPMG’s Dublin offices yesterday evening, 8 March as part of the firm’s contribution to marking the centenary of 1916.
Wild Sky explores events in Ireland in the lead up to the Easter Rising and is directed by Jo Mangan with a cast comprising Irish Times Award Winning actress Catriona Ennis as Josie, Ian Toner as Tom and Mary Murray singing a suite of original songs by Grammy Award Winning Singer Susan McKeown.
The play tells the story of a blighted love story between Tom Farrell and Josie Dunne, two young friends from Slane, County Meath. Tom has loved Josie since he was six years old but Josie loves his best friend Mike Lowrey. The three grow up together and become caught up in a maelstrom of influences that bubble beneath the surface of an apparently settled, loyal and conservative county on the boarder of Dublin. Mike, a committed Redmondite joins the British Army believing that Irish Independence will be won in that war whilst Josie gets involved with Inghinidhe na h’Eireann and the Irish Women’s Suffrage League. Tom, the least political of the three, makes the decision to join the rebels in Dublin at Easter 1916.
Kinahan’s script charts the radicalisation of a generation through the small cultural, national and sporting movements that flourished in Ireland at the turn of the twentieth century, skillfully recounting the events leading up to and including the capture and siege of the GPO using the voices of two rural youth who are drawn into the momentous events of their age. While clearly historical in its telling, the play resonates in the contemporary world with its universal themes of youth, war and political idealism.
Artistic director of Tall Tales Theatre Company for 15 years, Deirdre Kinahan now sits on the Abbey Theatre Board and on the Stewart Parker Trust Advisory Committee. Her work is translated into many languages and is produced regularly in Ireland and on the international stage.
Wild Sky continues its lunchtime run at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre at Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin until March 19th.