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May 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Rebel Rebel – Anu Productions

Aisling O’Mara created REBEL REBEL with collaborator Robbie O’Connor and director Louise Lowe in association with Anu.  In this performance of Rebel Rebel, actor Aisling O’Mara will perform excerpts of this critically acclaimed touring production and the performance will also be followed by a post-show discussion. Looking at one of the central figures of the Easter Rising, Helena Molony. She was transformed from a bystander into a crucial participant in Irish history. Radical in her views and thinking, she was a woman ahead of her time.  As an actor with the Abbey Theatre, she rehearsed for rebellion, carried out rebellion and suffered the consequences of her participation.
We meet Helena in her dressing room, preparing to go on stage once again as Cathleen in Yeats’ Cathleen Ni Houlihan, she summons her demons and the ghosts of that fateful Easter Monday when she took guns from under the Abbey stage and spilled revolution onto the streets.


Director: Louise Lowe
Producer: Leanna Cuttle
Costume Design: Sorcha Ni Fhlionn
Lighting Design: Colm Maher
Sound Design: Ivan Birthistle

Commissioned by RTE as part of their Reflecting the Rising programme: https://1916.rte.ie/event/city-hall/rebel-rebel/

First produced by ANU in association with Irish Theatre Institute and Dublin Fringe Festival as part of Show in a Bag 2015.

“Artful, complex, and touching…It’s directed with impressive verve and precision and is a total pleasure to watch”   SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

“The chaos and bloodshed of the rebellion is recreated with acrobatic movement and atmospheric sound design. A stirring new perspective on a familiar theme.” IRISH TIMES
“O’Mara brings vivid life to the damaged Helena…as guided by Louise Lowe suggests the complexity of physical strength and emotional vulnerability that made Molony such an effective asset to the rebels and such a danger to herself. There is much to admire in this production, which eschews a linear narrative for a more symbolic juxtaposition of scenes. Under Lowe’s direction the transitions are sharp and clear, while the ambiguity of the setting suggests the ultimate backstage space” – Sara Keating (Sunday Business Post)
Photo Attached: Aisling O’Mara as Helena by Pat Redmond.
 Eventbrite - REBEL REBEL


Commissioned by RTE as part of their Reflecting the Rising programme. First produced by ANU in association with Irish Theatre Institute and Dublin Fringe Festival as part of Show in a Bag (Fishamble) 2015.

Supported by Culture Ireland. For more information go to www.saloneire100.com




May 10, 2016
7:00 pm


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