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Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye by Jim Nolan

A wry and funny look at Irish life one hundred years after the 1916 Rising - what have we become, what is important to us?

From the offices of the Inishshannon Chronicle, the intrepid staff report the news as the country faces a General Election. Their town attempts to mark the 1916 Centenary by celebrating a rather tenuous connection to the Rising as their own futures are threatened by a corporate takeover of their newspaper.

These events put the Chronicle's editor on a collision course with his new bosses, challenging everything he believes in.

Throw in a Latvian man who believes he is the brother of Jesus, a missing solicitor and a ferret on the loose at mass...

Through a series of plot twists and with a liberal dash of humour, Jim Nolan delivers a timely reflection on the distance between the vision of 1916 and the culture and values of Ireland today.

'Jim Nolan has an unapologetic affection for small-town life. But it never blinds him to its dangers and its faults.' Emer O'Kelly, Sunday Independent
'a meditation on the shape of the nation as it celebrates the Rising....lightly metaphorical and stealthily topical' Irish Times
'a genuine glimpse into what life is really like in the Irish regional newsroom' Munster Express

Original production and commission funded by Waterford City & County Council; tour to Watergate Theatre Kilkenny, glor Theatre Ennis, Town Hall Theatre Galway, Lime Tree Theatre Limerick, Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire, Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge, Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise and Everyman, Cork funded by the Arts Council.

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