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Hailing from the town of Newry in county Down, the Newpoint Players will be performing this hilarious and supremely historical courtroom drama for one night only in Ottawa, as they embark on their third Canadian tour.
On trial during the performance: Thomas D'arcy McGee, the Irish-Canadian politician and a father of Canadian Confederation. Charged with treason, the battle of arguments for and against his innocence, conclude with the audience acting as jury.
We invite you join us on April 12th at St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, for this hilarious and historical courtroom drama. Please feel free to spread the word to your friends, families, colleagues, and Irish Community organizations and partners. We have attached an event poster, and we encourage you to share this event via your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media feeds.
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The Trial of Thomas D'arcy Mcgee, by Anthony Russell
Friday April 12th, 2019
Doors: 7 PM
Play: 8 PM
The premise is that Thomas D'Arcy McGee (1825 – 1868), Irish rebel and Canadian patriot, is called from the grave to answer, in the Court of History, the charge that he committed treason against Ireland and her people. The prosecutor is John Mitchel (1815 – 1875), an unrepentant physical force republican from both Young Ireland and the Fenians. Sir Charles Gavin Dufy (1816 – 1903), former prime minister of Victoria, defends Thomas D'Arcy McGee against the charge of treason. Both Lawyers have returned from the grave for the occasion.
John A. Macdonald (1815 – 1891), a founding father of the Canadian Confederation and its first prime minister is called as a witness for the prosecution. McGee's long suffering and loyal wife, Mary Teresa Caffrey (abt. 1830 – 1871) whom he married in 1847 is called as a witness for the defence.
All of the ghosts are aware of what has happened in the world since they entered the grave. The protocol of an earthly court loosely applies. As in previous Russell plays, the audience plays the part of the jury and their decision determines McGee's innocence ..or guilt.
(blogger's note: these are really fun plays, and the audience participation as jury was a lot of fun last time)