Banners, Ballads and Banter
Location: Sean O'Casey Theatre, St Mary's Road, East Wall, Dublin 3
Dublin’s best balladeers, Fergus Whelan, Jimmy Kelly and Fergus Russell sing rousing ballads of the time. Jer O’Leary is an actor and banner – maker, living in the North Strand. Mick O’Reilly, President of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions talks with Jer, as a slide show of his banners depict how he was influenced by Larkin’s writings.
Extracts read by drama students, Marino College.
This adaptation of the book, by Mary Enright, presents vignettes of dramatic tensions encountered by the characters, yet retains all the descriptive language of the author. This is married skilfully with factual accounts of many strikes of the time. Even the ballads echo the experience of the tough life of bosses and the labour force at the end of the 19th century.