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In Production

Dáil 100 - Historical theatrical drama (Lord Edward FitzGerald and First Dáil 1919)

Written by Matthew Ralli

Culture Night Sept 2019 | Open House Dublin Oct 2019

LEINSTER HOUSE, Dublin, Friday 20th Sept 5pm - 10pm

LEINSTER HOUSE, Dublin - Sat 12th & Sun 13th October (bookings opening shortly)

As part of The Houses of the Oireachtas Culture Night 2019 tour in Leinster House, Speckintime are invited to produce two original pieces from the full Dáil 100 experience staged in Jan 2019. Those selected are: a speech from the enigmatic Lord Edward FitzGerald, son of the 1st Duke of Leinster, who shares some of his extraordinary and tragic life; while in a scene set to the tumultuous background of the first Dáil Éireann in 1919, a young woman and an older gentleman realise the enormity of the time and the power of the Declaration of Independence. Both pieces will be performed in Irish and English languages.

Written and Directed by Matthew Ralli.

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 In Development

I Am Mrs Daisy Bates

Speckintime is collaborating with theatre maker Melissa Nolan to research and develop a script based on the life of historic Irishwoman Daisy Bates. This work has benefitted from the support of The Arts Council of Ireland, Australian Council for the Arts, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Kildare County Council Arts Service, Australian Embassy to Ireland, Project Arts Centre, Riverbank Arts Centre and ITI.

Born in Co. Tipperary, Ireland in 1859 as Margaret May O'Dywer, at the age of twenty three Daisy emigrated to Australia. After marrying three times (never divorcing), she 'devoted' over 40 years of her life studying Australian Aboriginal people - their history, culture, beliefs and customs. A largely controversial figure, the consequences of her involvement in Aboriginal life are argued to this day, in recent years her vast collection of detailed records have been used as crucial evidence in the reclamation of Aboriginal native land. More information.