Project launch 24th January 2018 | Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle
Catherine Kelly and Philip Orr
Francis Sheehy Skeffington: Faolan Morgan
Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington: Maggie Cronin
Reverend Johnson: Michael Condron
Roger Casement: Vincent Higgins
17th September 2018 | Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle
20th September 2018 | Linenhall Library, Belfast
Local voices – Global Echoes is a theatre project exploring lesser known aspects of our heritage developed in partnership with the SOMA Festival and the Sheehy-Skeffington School.
Two renowned local playwrights were commissioned to create new pieces exploring vital figures in our history; Catherine Kelly created a drama based on Francis and Hanna-Sheehy Skeffington and Philip Orr’s centered on an historic meeting between E D Morel and Roger Casement that led to the founding of the Congo Reform Association.
Francis Sheehy Skeffington was brought up in Downpatrick and Roger Casement’s world-changing meeting took place on 24th January, 1904 in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle. This Local Voices – Global Echoes launch, on the same date at the same venue, is to acknowledge Co Down’s connection to radical thinkers and activists.
The Congo Reform Association was a major event in human rights discourse and, both Francis and Hanna were feminists and socialists, radical thinkers and activists. So, whilst reflecting the historical, these plays have contemporary relevance. They raise issues that we continue to confront today: issues of militarism and feminism, violence and nonviolence, globalization and justice, individualism and interdependence. Through dialogue and discussion post performance, the dramas invite reflections and allow insights on the parallels of today, the challenges facing us both locally and globally.