Fishamble: The New Play Company presents
THE TREATY by Colin Murphy
Directed by Conall Morrison
A hundred years ago, a small group of untested politicians left Dublin for London, to negotiate for Irish independence with one of the most formidable delegations ever put together. The Irish were seeking to take back control; the British believed they were stronger together. The Unionists believed in a hard border on the island of Ireland; the Republicans wanted the border in the Irish Sea. The Irish wanted a hard exit from the British Empire; the British tried to tempt them with the Canada option. And overseeing it all was a prime minister nobody trusted, notorious for his wizardry. THE TREATY is a history play for this moment.
Karen Ardiff as Arthur Griffith
Jane Brennan as Eamonn de Valera
John Cronin as Cathal Brugha
Shadaan Felfeli as Robert Barton
Patrick Moy as Michael Collins
Caitríona Ní Mhurchú as Lady Lavery
Simon O’Gorman as Tom Jones
Camille Lucy Ross as Winston Churchill
Kate Stanley Brennan as Kathleen McKenna
Ian Toner as Erskine Childers
Ali White as Earl of Birkenhead
Jonathan White as David Lloyd George
THE TREATY will be staged in the Kevin Barry Recital Room of the National Concert Hall, where the Dáil debates on the treaty actually took place in 1921.
The Treaty was co-commissioned by Fishamble and Pavilion Theatre. This production is part of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Decade of Centenaries programme. This production is supported by Culture Ireland, National Concert Hall, Irish Embassy London, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Department of Foreign Affairs, and British Irish Chamber of Commerce.
Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council, and its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.