‘Wild Sky’ by Deirdre Kinahan
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01 Apr 2016— 30 Apr 2016

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‘Wild Sky’ by Deirdre Kinahan

Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
United States

Wild Sky is a rich, powerful and moving theatre experience that seeks to explore the extraordinary energy and complexity of events in Ireland in the lead up to Easter 1916. Written from a uniquely rural perspective by award winning playwright Deirdre Kinahan, Wild Sky charts the radicalization of a generation through the small cultural, national and sporting movements that flourished in Ireland at the turn of the twentieth century.  

Wild Sky takes the form of a blighted love story between three young friends from Slane, county Meath that are caught up in a maelstrom of influences that bubble beneath the surface of an apparently settled, loyal and conservative county on the border of Dublin.

The play commences with the retreat from the GPO intertwined with memories of radicalization through social events and the influence of organizations such as The Gaelic League. The text is intertwined, accompanied and underscored by a suite of original songs by Grammy award winning singer Susan McKeown including her settings of poems from that time, and songs by Irish composers of 1916-1917. Wild Sky is directed by celebrated theatre director Jo Mangan and features Irish Times award winning young actors Caitriona Ennis and Ian Toner.

Deirdre Kinahan is both a playwright and producer. She was artistic director of Tall Tales Theatre Company for 15 years and now sits on the Abbey Theatre Board and on the Stewart Parker Trust Advisory Committee. Her work is translated into many languages and produced regularly in Ireland and on the international stage.

Wild Sky was commissioned by Meath County Council Arts Office in commemoration of events leading up to the 1916 Rising and will premiere in Spring 2016.