Audience will decide fate of Markievicz

By David Tucker

Wexford Arts Centre.
Wexford Arts Centre.

Madame de Markievicz on Trial with the New Theatre Company comes to Wexford Arts Centre on March 30, following a sell-out run in Dublin.

Written by Ann Matthews and directed and produced by Anthony Fox the drama, centered on Constance Markievicz, depicts an event in Dublin at Easter in 1916 when a policeman was shot dead, and the subsequent murder case during the autumn of 1917.

Much of the dialogue is largely based on the extensive speeches made by Markievicz during this period. The testimonies of the witnesses are interwoven to show that she was a normal, multi-dimensional woman, in contrast to the usual one-dimensional icon frequently depicted.

The audience will be the ultimate judge, as they leave the theatre, to decide to issue an innocent or guilty verdict.

The play has a cast of four women and two men. Apart from the prosecutor, all the characters are based on actual people and each one is impressive in their strength of character.

Book online €18/16 (no booking fee) www.wexfordartscentre.ie or 053 9123764

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