Helen's Bay Players present "Making History" by Brian Friel
Helens Bay Players, Making History, Brian Friel, St Johns Church
Helen's Bay Players present "Making History" by Brian Friel.
For their next public performance, which is on 7th, 8th and 9th November at 8pm in St John’s church hall, the Helen’s Bay Players are abandoning their usual diet of “Whitehall” style farces in favour of one of Brian Friel’s mildly humorous look at events in Irish History. They will present “Making History”, which covers the events leading up to the famous “Flight of the Earls”. Stephen Connolly, one of the Players’ stalwarts takes on the demanding role of Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, leading his fellow gaels , including Hugh O’Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell (Donegal) - played convincingly by Jonny Rea - in a rebellion against the forces of Queen Elizabeth I at the beginning of the 17th century.
Friel’s dramatized version of History includes O’Neill’s new young wife, Mabel (played most sympathetically by Rosemary Jayne Brangam), daughter of Bagenal, The Queen’s Marshall in Newry and her sister, Mary (Lorraine Hunter); O’Neill’s Private Secretary Harry Hoveden (Robin Masefield) and the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh (Noel Cornick - as imperious as ever). Who would have thought History could be so entertaining?
To receive your education in this period of Irish History, make sure you get your tickets in plenty of time.