Dáil 100 Experience
Written by Matthew Ralli
LEINSTER HOUSE - Dublin - 19th & 20th January 2019
Five original dramatic pieces written and directed by Matthew Ralli supported a dedicated usher’s tour and exhibition in Leinster House on January 19th & 20th to commemorate the centenary of Dáil Éireann.
Beginning with a monologue from Lord Edward Fitzgerald (1763-1798), the fifth son of the 1st Duke of Leinster, and the Commander-in-chief of the United Irishmen in the rising of 1798, the dramatic pieces depict important events and their effect on the nation through one hundred years of Dáil Éireann. They include a scene from 1919 between two employees of the 1st Dáil who share the emotive words of the Declaration of Independence; a scene with two female Dáil workers set in 1972 outlines the country’s trepidation on the eve of the EEC referendum as well as the struggle for working women prior to the marriage bar being lifted completely; a speech from a political journalist toward the last days of 2004 as he reports his yearly summary in the midst of Celtic Tiger Ireland; and finally a contemporary youthful bard speaks from the heart as he tries to encapsulate the nation’s struggles, achievements and hopeful future.
Writer & Director: Matthew Ralli
Cast: Donncha Crowley, Fionnuala Flaherty, Fionn Foley, Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, Áine Ní Laoighaire, Matthew O’Brien, Cillian O’Dee
Producer: Melissa Nolan
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Ciaran McGlynn
Script support and Research: Pamela McQueen
Costume Design: Rowena Cunningham
Irish Language Consultant: Marcus Lamb
Hair: Lynda Robinson