Rebellion

March 10th - March 15th 2016 - The Shed, Glasgow

Rebellion is a two-act play by Glasgow Irish playwright Phil Mac Giolla Bháin. This work, performed by Sweet For Addicts, is Phil’s contribution to the 1916 Centenary celebrations which are taking place in Ireland and across the diaspora.

The play is set in contemporary Glasgow and opens when old Tommy Murphy of Donegal is laid to rest. He had a good innings and was 93 when he passed away peacefully in the home for the elderly where he had seen out his days. Alzheimer’s disease had robbed the old man of his faculties and when he died he had not recognised any of his loved ones for many years.

His son Jimmy and Tommy’s granddaughter Mary Brown are given two boxes of personal effects. They find some old letters and memorabilia.

Mary is intrigued by the contents and gives them to her son John to do some online research. This leads to a journey of discovery for all of the family.

Events in another country a century ago sheds a powerful and unforgiving light on the society where Mary Brown lives and on the significant people in her life.

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Part of the Glasgow St Patrick`s Festival 2016