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 everymancork.com 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