Dar­ing tale of es­cape brought to life

South Western Times - - News -

The leg­endary tale of John Boyle O’Reilly’s es­cape from Bun­bury will be brought to life on stage to­mor­row at the Bun­bury Mu­seum and Her­itage Cen­tre.

The Tri­als of John Boyle O’Reilly is a one-man play writ­ten and di­rected by Noel O’Neill from Mav­er­ick The­atre Pro­duc­tions and per­formed by ac­tor Mike An­thony Sheehy.

Fe­nian his­to­rian Peter Mur­phy did most of the re­search for the pro­duc­tion and was thrilled the play and story of John Boyle O’Reilly would be taken onto the world stage.

“Two or three years ago we had a show called Free­dom which was a mul­ti­me­dia thing with images, po­etry, story telling, video, all that,” he said.

“Noel O’Neill came down from Perth, saw the show and said he’d like to take to it to another sphere, do a whole drama – I was elated.”

The show will be the first of many, kick­ing off an in­ter­na­tional tour stretch­ing from Bun­bury to Bos­ton, USA, the start and fin­ish points of O’Reilly’s dar­ing es­cape.

In the lead up to the show, au­di­ences will also be treated to a brief po­etry ses­sion by as­pir­ing ac­tor and his­tory buff Lach­lan Kelly, 17, who will re­cite a poem writ­ten by Mr O’Neill en­ti­tled Sound of Chains.

At the end of the hour-long play, au­di­ence mem­bers will also have the chance to en­gage in a Q and A ses­sion with the crew and Mr Mur­phy.

Pic­ture: Cal­lum Hunter

Fe­nian his­to­rian Peter Mur­phy can­not wait to see the story of John Boyle O'Reilly brought to life on stage to­mor­row night.

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