Curtain to rise on ‘The Prodger’ in Temple bar
BRAY WRITER ONE-ACT PLAY BASED ON WAR VETERAN
A BRAY writer has remembered her war-veteran uncle in her oneact play ‘ The Prodger' to be performed in The New Theatre, Temple Bar, from February 25 to March 2.
Tina Noonan has based her work on her great uncle Johnny who served as a Private in The Great War.
He survived but lost his leg, woke up in a morgue and went on to live to his mid 60s.
The play is about his last night in his favourite bar in Lismore, Waterford, circa 1964. However he also spent a number of years in The Duke of Connaught's Limbless Unit in Bray - now St. Patrick' School on Vevay Road.
For a long time, Irish veterans of World War I were simply forgotten. But they didn't forget the war. Nor did others let them. For some at least, it never went away.
The play tackles the prejudice Johnny felt when he finally returned home from war. He never married and suffered flashbacks all his life.
The Prodger sees Johnny and a friend head to the pub one wild winter's night. Rumours of a local murder are circulating. As events unfold and the play moves rapidly towards its dramatic conclusion, stories are told and old secrets and wounds exposed.
Touching on themes of love, loss, friendship and regret, yet full of biting humour, The Prodger is a moving portrait of one veteran's struggle to fit into his local community, decades after the war is over. For Johnny at least, the devastation of war still lingers.
The Prodger features a stellar cast of Irish acting talent including Seamus Moran, Brendan Conroy, Joe Moylan and Frank Melia.
Writer Tina Noonan who’s
play ‘The Prodger’ will be performed
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