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Rebel Rebel

Did that play of mine send out certain men the English shot?” W.B. Yeats

Dublin, 24th of April 1916.
Ireland’s leading actors abandon a matinee of Cathleen Ní Houlihan. Stepping out of their costumes and taking their revolvers from beneath the Abbey stage, they march to Dublin Castle. Firing the first shots of the insurrection they destroyed the status quo and changed forever the course of Irish history. Cathleen Ní Houlihan, more than any other play, symbolised the link between the cultural revival and the Irish revolution.
Real-life figures Helena Molony and Sean Connolly rehearsed for rebellion, carried out rebellion and suffered the fatal and living consequences of their participation. 
Derived from real-life testimonies, Rebel Rebel chronicles the final moments when the play (which more than any other symbolised the link between the cultural revival and the Irish revolution) spilled revolution from the stage onto the streets, leading to Sean’s fatal shooting and dying in Helena’s arms on the roof of City Hall.

“Artful, complex, and touching…It’s directed with impressive verve and precision and is a total pleasure to watch” Sunday Independent

‘’Rebel Rebel, written and performed with considerable vim by Robbie O’Connor and Aisling O’Mara, tells the story of real-life figures Sean Connolly and Helena Molony, who forsake acting in the Abbey to fight with the Irish Citizen Army explore their motivations and intense but ambivalent feelings for each other. Meanwhile, the chaos and bloodshed of the rebellion is recreated with acrobatic movement and atmospheric sound design. A stirring new perspective on a familiar theme’’ Irish Times

‘’This production presents a glimpse into two lives who were closely involved in the events surrounding Easter 1916. However because neither were famous their contribution is often overlooked or forgotten with the passage of time. Rebel,Rebel restores their stories to the pantheon. Their hopes and fears are here on display and it is a valuable experience to hear what they were.’’ No More Workhorse

€15 with lunch. Please contact our box office on 071 9161518 to let us know if you have dietary requirements.

Read this No More Workhorse theatre review from March 2016 for further information on this unique production.