The most recent Hawk's Well Theatre production Constance, premiered at Lissadell Church in December 2019.
Hawk’s Well Theatre Commission & Production: Constance
“My enemies will make a monster out of me, my friends a heroine and both will be equally wide of the truth.”
A powerful and unique new production explores the enigmatic figure of Constance de Markievicz, presenting the artist, activist and revolutionary through her own words, set in the stunning surrounds of Lissadell Church.
A well-known yet illusive figure, the complexities, contradictions and above all extraordinary humanity of Constance de Markievicz remains largely unknown.
Reflecting on her life and legacy and featuring an octet of traditional Irish and classical musicians, Constance combines original compositions by Michael Rooney with Constance’s prose and poetry to create a rich sonic experience that celebrates one of Ireland’s most iconic figures.
Written and directed by: Kellie Hughes
Music by: Michael Rooney
Sound: Joe Hunt
Lighting: Michael Cummins
Actor: Nichola MacEvilly
Musicians: Niamh Crowley, Stephen Doherty, David Doocey, John Joe Kelly, Clare Horler, Marie O’Byrne,
Shaza O’Hara and Michael Rooney
“…a very special and thought-provoking show, 5*…” - David O’Hara
“…MacEvilly, striking and stunning…I have read so much about this woman but tonight I felt I met her. The strength of the woman, her fighting spirit, her twee-ness at times – all nailed by Nichola. The music - beautiful, the musicians - wow, the sound design - perfect, lighting and sound - excellent. Get to this if you can …Kellie Hughes and all involved – take a bow! …” – Martin Harte
"The music of Michael Rooney is as always, simply stunning. Nichola MacEvilly as Constance gives us an insight into the lady in question with a spell-bounding performance. The direction of Kellie Hughes hits every area needing hitting and then some." - Robbie Fitzpatrick
"A beautiful production, you really felt the spirit of Constance here in Lissadell” - Ita Leydon
"Michael Rooney’s composition and harp playing was truly inspiring and haunting. The narrator Nichola MacEvilly, speaking words from Constance’s own writings which revealed her contradictions and complexities, as the music unfolded, reflecting the changes in the mood and content of her writings." - Trudy Prescott
“I saw, heard, teared, laughed and loved this last night. Nichola MacEvilly and her talented crew are absolutely sublime. Go see!” – Ciara Oxford
“Wow... What an amazing performance tonight of Constance by Hawk's Well Theatre in Lissadell Church. So much history beautifully brought to life. Concept, words, music, sound, setting and performances. Immediate standing ovation. I loved EVERYTHING about the evening. Go see it if you are near Sligo. You won’t regret it!” – Des Power
“Absolutely mesmerising…it was such a privilege to be there tonight. What a setting. What an amazing production, so beautiful.” – Maev Gallagher
“Absolutely amazing performance. Really recommend getting along to this in a very unique venue” – Gerry O’Byrne
“Constance was truly sublime. Well done to everyone involved” – Tara McGowan
“Breath-taking” – Eddie Lee
“What a Beautiful, enthralling performance, thanks for a great evening” – Carol Moran
“Superb performance in the perfect venue” – Marie Casserly
“What a wonderful night at Lissadell Church. Constance is a triumph. Absolutely Sensational.” – Aine Gilmore
“Enchanting and inspiring. Loved it.” – Loretta Coyne
“It was amazing from start to finish” – Grainne McCarty