THURS­DAY 01.09.16

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET SEVEN DAYS - Grand So­cial, Dublin, 7.30pm, ¤10, the­grand­so­

FRET WORK Gui­tar Through Time

Talk about am­bi­tious – for over three hours, this show – fea­tur­ing a 10-piece band, in­clud­ing brass, vi­o­lin, flute, Ham­mond or­gan and spe­cial guests – aims to ex­plore the de­vel­op­ment of gui­tar mu­sic from early mu­sic and clas­si­cal through to jazz, swing, blues, rock’n’roll and all (or most, as time al­lows) points be­yond. Greensleeves, any­one? TCL

THEATRE A Great Ar­range­ment

Every­man Theatre. Ends Sep 3 8pm ¤26/¤23 ev­ery­man­ For all the vi­o­lence, deaths, de­feat and ex­e­cu­tions, it’s sober­ing to think that, after the Ris­ing, the worst was still ahead. Pa­trick Tal­bot’s new play, in­tro­duced ear­lier this year in Cork and now re­turn­ing for a na­tional tour in­clud­ing en­gage­ments in Cork’s Every­man and Dublin’s Gai­ety, rushes straight into a sun­dered time where oth­ers might tread war­ily, to­wards the War of In­de­pen­dence and the pre­cip­i­tous events that cre­ated both the Ir­ish Free State and the Ir­ish Civil War. It has been telling that, this year, no sin­gle fig­ure has been as roundly re­vis­ited as that of Roger Case­ment, a man whose dou­ble-agency, po­lit­i­cally and sex­u­ally, made him more than ripe for reeval­u­a­tion through var­i­ous dances, dra­mas, doc­u­men­taries and dis­cus­sions that cel­e­brated 1916.

But Michael Collins, lover, speaker, soldier, states­man and mar­tyr of the An­glo-Ir­ish Treaty, has al­ways been a less com­pli­cated ro­man­tic pro­tag­o­nist. My guess is we haven’t heard the last from him. Tal­bot draws from Collins’s fa­mous cor­re­spon­dence with Kitty Kier­nan, his gal­vanis­ing pub­lic speeches and the fiery Dáil de­bate on the Treaty to cre­ate the text for this pro­duc­tion, per­formed by Do­minic McHale as Collins and Irene Kelle­her as Kitty Kier­nan with a sup­port­ing cast. But if the his­tory of Ire­land has al­ways been cra­dled be­tween high ideals and re­al­i­ties more ragged, this may be the timeli­est nar­ra­tive, a ro­mance of dis­unity. Peter Craw­ley

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