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Written by Kieran Kelly. Directed by Charlie Bonner.
We were comrades once. Like brothers.
March, 1923. A brutal and bloody Civil War tears the country apart.
Anti Treaty prisoners are held at Drumboe Castle in Donegal awaiting execution by firing squad. With the clock ticking towards its inevitable conclusion, Fr. Stephen McDevitt pays a visit to prisoner Charlie Daly in an attempt to extract vital information that could not only save his life but also build a bridge of understanding between him and his former comrade in arms, General Joseph Sweeney.
This professional production stars three leading North West of Ireland actors – Sean Donegan, Denis Grindel and Stefan Dunbar. A thrilling new original drama, it brings the tragic events of a century ago to life like never before, casting new light onto the shadows of our past.
Kieran Kelly is a writer, teacher and actor from Letterkenny. His War of Independence-themed play, Beneath an Irish Sky, reached the All-Ireland Amateur Drama Finals for Letterkenny Music and Drama Group in 2018, while and his most recent work, Jimmy’s Winning Matches, enjoyed a second successful run at An Grianán Theatre this summer.
Charlie Bonner is a well-known actor and director from Ballybofey. He has performed in all of the leading theatres in Ireland including the Abbey Theatre (Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Macbeth) and the Lyric Belfast (Dancing At Lughnasa, The Playboy of The Western World). His recent film work includes The Woman in The Wall (currently showing on BBC 1), Obituary ( Hulu/RTÉ) filmed earlier this year in Ballyshannon and the much praised film documentary, Brian Friel: Shy Man, Showman.
This production of Drumboe has been assisted through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Decade of Centenaries fund, as administered by Donegal County Council through Donegal County Museum.