When was 1916? – Irish play about the Easter Rising

Irish play about the Easter rising


1916 – a time of turmoil when the Irish sought independence from Britain and they were prepared to fight for it. It was mid world war 1.

“They did not expect it to win power, what they planned was a spectacle, a gesture to transform public opinion,” he said.

Pat, an Irishman living now yearns to write about the Easter Rising of 1916.   As an Irishman himself Pat understands the importance of what he wants to do. Even if he were to overlook the significance of the certain elements he wants to portray, his trusty (and let’s face it) annoying laptop companion, Nat, would never let him forget about them in this Irish play about the Easter Rising.

Pat is challenged by Nat to delve deeper into the exploration of the Easter Rising by choosing to write a play. According to Nat the events were a momentous theatrical occasion and so Pat has all the material he can use at his disposal. Together, they study a typical Irish family, political figures, and military personnel to get the most colourful picture of the occurrences of the Irish countrymen’s bid for an independent republic.

The burden of a writer is rarely over even when the project is complete and lucky for Pat, Nat is with him every step of the way and beyond!

Read about playwright Charles Barry

Author: Charles W. Barry

Genre: Historical, Irish play about the Easter Rising

Type: Full length one act play

Length: 75 minutes

Cast: 14M, 2F. Main characters are 2M

Ages of the actors: All adult and two children.

Suitable: All ages to watch and perform

Set: A stage with table and chair and a laptop and an optional screen for the audience on which images can be projected. 

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – Historically accurate portrayal of characters and events

Read a Sample of the Script

Cost is $5.50 for this new digital stage play script

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Copyright © May 2018 Charles W. Barry and Off the Wall Play Publishers

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