An adaptation of the Dáil Éireann Treaty Debates by the Acting for Stage and Screen Course
Dáil Éireann Treaty Debates Performance
An adaptation of the Dáil Éireann Treaty Debates by the Acting for Stage and Screen Course of CSN. This will take place at St. Peters Cork (North Main St.) on Thursday 16th of December at 7pm. Get tickets through 'eventbrite':
This adaptation by the Acting for Stage and Screen Course of Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, will cover key moments in the debates through the words of the participants and will also feature contributions by Cork TDs.Adapted by historian Gerry White and directed by Jon Whitty, it will be an ideal experience for students in Cork who are studying this important event in our history.There will be a Q&A from CSN Teacher, Jon Whitty and historian, Gerry White on the 16th December.
Our History to Our present
Dividing the Nation – A performance of the Anglo-Irish Treaty Debates
From the 14th December 1921 to the 7th January 1922, members of Dáil Éireann held a series of private and public sessions to debate the Articles of Agreement for a Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland that had been signed in London by representatives of the Dáil and the British Government. These debates would prove acrimonious and cause deep divisions between its supporters and opponents. Those divisions would divide the nation and lead to a civil war that would shape Ireland’s political landscape for a century
To mark the centenary of the Treaty Debates, Cork City Council has funded this unique historical programme for the students of Cork. To bring the programme to life St Peter’s has collaborated with students of the Acting for Stage and Screen Course of Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa to host an adaptation of that historic event. Adapted by Cork historian Gerry White, directed by Jon Whitty of Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa and performed by the students, this adaptation will cover some of the key moments of the debates in the words of the participants, including many Corks’ TDs.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Colm Kelleher stated “ I wish to congratulate St. Peter’s Cork and participants in the production of this adaptation of the Treaty Debates, which will provide a better understanding of this significant event. It will also be of value to those with an interest in that period of our history. This unique historical programme encompasses the principles and values which Council City Council seek to enshrine as part of our Commemoration Programme such as to re-affirm the importance of Dáil Éireann, the ideals and principals of the men and women who played their part in the events and reflect pride in Cork and its people and the roles they played in the events of 100 years ago. I also wish to acknowledge the support provided to Cork City Council ‘s Decade of Centenaries Commemoration Programme by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media”.
Historian Gerry White discussed the adaptation saying “because of time and space it was necessary to condense debates that lasted days into a 90-minute adaptation. While this was challenging, the objective was to provide a text that would be fair to both sides and cover the main arguments in favour and against the Treaty”.
Jon Whitty Director/Teacher with Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa Drama Department said “St Peter’s Church and Gerry White have been a pleasure for the students and I to collaborate with. Cork City Council’s funding and the personal collaborations have provided the students with a great opportunity in which to explore and demonstrate their talents”
Erica Grozavu Fitzgerald an actor in the performance stated “It is an honour to be portraying the legends of Irish history especially during the centenary of the treaty debates. I also feel a great pride in playing Mary MacSwiney”
Ian Linehan an actor in the performance stated "It is such an honour to participate in the centenary anniversary of one of the most momentous moments of Irish history. Bringing the historical figures to life has been a challenge, but very rewarding. I've learned more about Irish history doing this re-enactment than I ever have-it has been a very interesting and eye-opening experience for me. Many thanks to Gerry White and Jon Whitty for creating this opportunity and bringing it to life."
The performances are running in St Peters Church in North Main Street from the 14th – 17th Dec and the production is for 1 hour and 30 mins, tickets can be booked on https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dividing-the-nation-school-performance-tickets-211119001617
The event is supported and funded by Cork City Council and is free to public.
Performance Dates & times:
- Tuesday 14th & Thursday 16th Dec @ 1.30pm
- Friday 17th Dec @ 2.30pm
- Thursday 16th & 17th Dec @ 7pm
- Tickets are limited due to covid restrictions.
- Covid Procedures will be in place to access event – evidence of covid certificate, face masks to be worn at all times.