JOHNNY I HARDLY KNEW YE
A meditation on the shape of the nation as it celebrates the Easter Rising.
‘Pearse, Connolly, McDermott and the rest of their merry men; they died for a Republic. But we don’t live in a Republic. We live in an economy.’
Set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Easter 2016, the privately owned Inishshannon Chronicle has just been acquired by a media conglomerate and the new brush is about to sweep clean. As the newspaper’s staff adjust to radical changes in its structure and ethos, the town it serves prepares to celebrate a tenuous connection to the Easter Rising. The revelation that this connection is not quite what it seems puts the Chronicle’s editor on a collision course with both his new bosses and the local business and political community.
Following its world première in 2016, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye tours nationwide this Srping with funding from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
“Jim Nolan has an unapologetic affection for small-town life. But it never blinds him to its dangers and its faults” Sunday Independent
A NEW PLAY BY JIM NOLAN | PRESENTED BY GARTER LANE THEATRE
STARRING GARRETT KEOGH, MICHAEL HAYES, DEIRDRE MONAGHAN & EMA LEMON
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“the play, essentially a meditation on the shape of the nation as it celebrates the Rising, is lightly metaphorical and stealthily topical” The Irish Times (click HERE to read full review)
“a genuine glimpse into what life is really like in the Irish regional newsroom” Munster Express