Cur­tain to rise on ‘The Prodger’ in Tem­ple bar


Bray People - - THE NOTEBOOK -

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

in The New The­atre, Tem

ple Bar from Fe­bru­ary 25 to

March 2.

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