Venue: Green Street Courthouse
The historic doors of Green Street Courthouse will be swung open to ABSOLUT Fringe audiences over 10 nights in an original and new production by theatre group Percolate.
When Robert Emmet was sentenced to death for treason in 1803 he made a speech that went viral. It outraged the Government, inspired the nation and still resonates today.
Come with us to Green Street Courthouse and take an unprecedented opportunity to see inside the hidden spaces of this beautiful, atmospheric building. You will encounter a kaleidoscopic piece of theatre inspired by some of the trials that have unfolded within Green Street’s walls, from 1803 to the present day.
An audience of 40 people will be split into four groups. Each of these groups will be brought through the space by means of a promenade; visiting different areas and rooms, and different contexts and elements, as it builds ominously and affectingly to a climactic finale inside the famous courtroom itself where all four groups and tragic stories reconvene.
The courthouse, in Smithfield, Dublin 7, is a landmark with a weight of legal history. Just six years after it first opened, one of Ireland’s most famous ‘show trials’ took place there. In 1803, Robert Emmet was tried and sentenced to death for his part in a shambolic rebellion, delivering a mesmerising and immortal speech from the dock on the eve of his execution.
“Green Street” is a contemporary theatrical response to over 200 years of legal history inside a building that has helped to shape our national identities. It stars Charlie Bonner, Daniel Reardon, Stephen Swift, Rachel Dowling and Ciaran McMahon. It runs from 14th to 22nd September with two shows daily, at 7pm and 9pm. Booking at www.fringefest.com/programme/green-street.
As the play involves walking around this 215-year-old building, including flights of stairs, it may not be suitable for people with impaired mobility. Regrettably this venue is not wheelchair accessible.