Come with us, to 1916…

I kid you not. Here’s the call for staff for a new musical production in London…

Come with us on an incredible musical journey of courage, pride and determination, ‘1916’ is set against the backdrop of the Easter Uprising and political upheaval. Tracing the lives of those on the front line, the little people in the shadow of major events, this story of love and pain can only end in tragedy and betrayal.

Scheduled for Production October 2008 Provisionally

H/T Declan!!

  • pith

    Hope the BBC does a spin-on with public votes and cheering relatives.

  • Cromwell

    Springtime in Dublin for James Connolly.
    Altogether now!

  • susan

    “Don’t cry for me, Sargeant Feeney,
    the truth is, I never left you…”

  • Genuine Snapshot

    And that great favourite of Slugger posters: The Prod-traducers. Not forgetting, Martin and the Amazing Bloostained Overcoat. Or Starlight Express, the true story, set to music, of how Ireland was freed, and the train to Dublin was stopped. I’ll get Darth’s coat.

  • Ulster McNulty

    When you say..

    “Scheduled for Production October 2008 Provisionally”

    Do you mean this musical will go ahead in October 2008 even if it hasn’t generated enough enthusiasm from the public?

  • Cromwell

    I’m a terrorist & I’m okay,
    I bomb all night & I sleep all day,
    I’m on the bru,
    I’m lookin’ for you,
    I come from South Armagh,
    Some day I’ll be like Marty….
    & drive a ministerial car!

  • As we had thread on Paisley film any suggestions on who best to play Pearse or Dev in this production?

  • Jamie Gargoyle

    Central casting… Eddie Irvine as Dev…?

  • Offended

    “the little people”?

    They don’t mean Darby O’Gill by any chance? The English are an ignorant bunch. The GPO was not defended by leprechauns. Patrick Pearse was not three feet high.

    Oh Perfidious Albion! When will you learn?

  • Cromwell

    In the interests of balance;

    I’m a loyalist & I’m okay
    I take drugs all night & I sleep all day,
    I’m on the bru,
    I’ve got a BMW,
    I used to live in Kincora,
    Wear frilly knickers & a balaclava,
    Just like John McKeague,
    Who told me to call him Da’!

  • DaithiO

    No doubt Martin “Ding Ding” Ingram has already offered himself in some consultative capacity.

    I hope their spam filter works!

  • circles

    Now hear this you blighters!!!
    Peace – the musical is my idea! The last 15 year set to the tunes of popular music with dapted lyrics.
    Coming soon to a theatre near you

  • susan

    Don’t get me wrong. I think “1916” would be the subject of a brilliant film. It’s those on-stage musical numbers I worry about.

  • Setanta Bhoy

    I am worried by the phrase

    “Scheduled for Production October 2008 Provisionally”

    Does that mean if people dont agree with it we then get a ‘Real’ version….

  • Mayoman

    Know what you mean Susan. I’m still haunted by the immortal line from Miss Saigon:

    “We could be in the sack
    for what it costs me to buy a big mac ”

    Genius, hey!

  • Gréagóir O’ Frainclín

    For the movie and if they were younger, Liam Neeson as Dev and Kenneth Brannagh as Mick Collins. I think Jordan might have got it a bit wrong in the looks department for the Michael Collins movie in the 1990’s.

    For the musical there is a plethora of stars for the Westend audience, Jason Donovan as Tom Clark, Philip Scofield as Pearse, Sarah Brightman as Countess Markievich, all with their best Oirish accent and singing voice. I’m sure Michael Flately could do a jig on the stage too as he dodges the Brit bullets.

  • Cromwell

    Hopefully one of those Brit bullets will hit The Lord of The Ponce square in the Riverdance.

  • ingram

    Hi,

    No doubt Martin “Ding Ding” Ingram has already offered himself in some consultative capacity

    LOL

    daithio1916@gmail.com

    Looks like your another living in a 1916/2016 denial.

    LOL

    Ding Ding

  • susan

    I never saw that one, Mayo. Once I heard there was a helicopter involved….:o)

  • PeaceandJustice

    Having a 1916 musical in London shows you the benefits of living in the UK – a Union for all. London has lots of Irish Tricolours etc. Compare this with Dublin – no Northern Ireland flags, no Union flags, no Ulster-British culture allowed. When will Eire finally become a self-confident tolerant country?

  • George

    PeaceandJustice,
    it took 86 years for a unionist leader to deign to shake an Irish leader’s hand in public. And that was only a few days ago.

    Give us a chance to return the favour. We’re still in shock wondering what soap our elected leader used to no longer be an Irish leper for the Ulstermenschen.

    Hell we were so grateful that the leader of unionism treated our leader like a human being for the first time ever that before you knew it we dancing a jig at the crossroads with our comely maidens and set our little people to work printing up a billion-euro tolerance cheque to send north in rapturous gratitude. I’m only coming down now myself.

    As for flags, there are English flags, Scot flags, Irish flags and hell even the odd union flag, which represents you by the way. We love our flags so we do. We’ve searched high and low for one of those Northern Ireland flags to put on one of our grimy flagpoles but they’ve been out of print since 1972.

    Mostly we go for the American and European Union flags because we love them most of all. They are like the rich and generous auntie you just never fall out of love with.

  • Jamie Gargoyle

    Bit past the point now, but re: point 7 – I meant Eddie Jordan (who I have long suspected models his image on Dev, although it could just be me). Erm, taxi for Gargoyle? I’ll get muh coat…

  • Bif

    1776 is a good musical. Why couldn’t 1916 be a good musical?

  • Southern Observer

    A musical is far tooo flippant a medium to deal with this subject matter.As the writer Peter de Rosa points out only the opening stage of the Spanish Civil War compares with it for romance.
    It was Homeric in its martial grandeur,Wagnerian in its Gotterdammerungesque magnificence,Keatsian in its elegiac beauty,and Shakespearian in its emotional resonance.Seems better suited to a ‘Gone With the Wind ‘ type film epic.

  • PeaceandJustice

    “George – it took 86 years for a unionist leader to deign to shake an Irish leader’s hand in public.”

    If Eire had been a more friendly neighbour it would have happened sooner i.e. instead of sheltering terrorists who murdered innocent people across the border.

    “George – We’ve searched high and low for one of those Northern Ireland flags to put on one of our grimy flagpoles but they’ve been out of print since 1972.”

    I’m sure if you ask the new First Minister of Northern Ireland he will get a few sent down to Dublin. That’s what neighbours are for! 🙂

  • The Third Policeman

    “If Eire had been a more friendly neighbour it would have happened sooner i.e. instead of sheltering terrorists who murdered innocent people across the border.”

    A very interesting view point P&J, and one that I wouldn’t mind exploring a bit further. If that is the only example of the Republic’s bad relations with the north then surely they emerge out of the Troubles with the cleanest record of them all. Flippant remarks along the lines of “failed political entity” aside, is there any real substancial reason for the mistreatment of the Republic’s leaders by Unionist leaders? There’s Articles 2 and 3 of course but in comparison to Britain they don’t even compare.

    Of course as we drudge and clabber through the septic tank of Britain’s dirty secrets in the Troubles we can begin to see that they were far and way the more aggresive bad neighbour to the north. Not only did they shelter terrorists but they aided and abetted them in their goings-on. Political viewpoints and prejudices aside, is it not becoming increasingly hard to paint the south as the anti-Unionist state when we are beginning to grasp just how many of the Unionist people the British government was willing to sacrafice to protect informers and moles. I wonder, can you show me an example of anything the south did in its history as anti-Unionist as the murder of Sharon McKenna as she was on her way to cook for an elderly Protestant neighbour?

    P.S. This isn’t a ridiculous attempt to get you to admit “God aye you’re right, I’m off to join RSF now!” and please don’t treat it as such. I’m not one of these slabbers that hopes to get you to give up your viewpoint, or identity or whatever. What I’m getting at is really whether or not Unionists will be comfortable admitting the south was not what they made it out to be.

  • darth rumsfeld

    “it took 86 years for a unionist leader to deign to shake an Irish leader’s hand in public. And that was only a few days ago.”

    REVISIONISM ALERT !!!!
    oops -what about Craic-Collins, O’Neill-Lemass, even Molyneaux-Bruton?

  • darth rumsfeld

    I think I meant Craig BTW, and I know they didn’t shake hands in public but WTF? And Sean and terence were too busy didging snowballs

  • darth rumsfeld

    and the big number from P Pearse-

    “I’m a paedophile and I’m OK
    I dream all night and I kill all day”

  • Gréagóir O’ Frainclín

    Typical blinkered and rather ignorant viewpoint of Peace and Justice. I doubt very much if you have ever been to the south of Ireland. Get out of your bubble more often and read a lot more about Irish history and affairs.

  • pith

    Darth,

    Who was throwing snowballs at O’Neill and Lemass?

  • In your face!!

    “Having a 1916 musical in London shows you the benefits of living in the UK – a Union for all. London has lots of Irish Tricolours etc. Compare this with Dublin – no Northern Ireland flags, no Union flags, no Ulster-British culture allowed. When will Eire finally become a self-confident tolerant country?”

    http://sluggerotoole.com/index.php/weblog/comments/northern-ireland-world-capital-for-bigotry/

  • In your face!!

    PeaceandJustice,

    Stop trying to take credit for the English peoples tolerance.

  • Niall

    Peace and Justice,

    It’s ironic unionists like yourself harp on about there being no NI flags in the south when most of you go out of your way never to set foot in the south in the first place.

    Flags are put up by hotels and pubs etc at their discretion to welcome tourists. The Union Flag is often flown.

    As far as I’m aware the only official flag flying is the Irish and EU flag, except for State visits and embassies.

  • Cromwell

    Darth,

    Seriously,was Padraig Pearse a kiddie-fiddler?

  • Gréagóir O’ Frainclín

    There is no actual evidence that Pearse sexually abused children. He wrote a poem where he mentions a boy in an erotic way. This is where the stigma arises.
    Kinda the same issue with William of Orange and his erotically gay tinged letter’s to a fellow chap.

  • darth rumsfeld

    fair point Greagoir- I was abusing dramatic licence- like Neil Jordan did in his execrable film of Micheal Collins

  • ballocks

    The British chorus will be worth hearing,

    “all i wanted was a dram and i woke up a black and tan”