The Treaty
by Colin Murphy

​​​​​Saturday 20th November - Saturday 27th November, 2021
Previews: Thursday & Friday 18th & 19th November, 2021
Stream on Demand:
Monday 6th - sunday 12th December

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Fishamble: The New Play Company presents
THE TREATY by Colin Murphy
Directed by Conall Morrison

​​​​​Karen Ardiff as Arthur Griffith
Jane Brennan as Eamonn de Valera
John Cronin as Cathal Brugha
Shadaan Felfeli as Robert Barton
Patrick Moy as Michael Collins
Caitríona Ní Mhurchú as Lady Lavery
Simon O’Gorman as Tom Jones
Camille Lucy Ross as Winston Churchill
Kate Stanley Brennan as Kathleen McKenna
Ian Toner as Erskine Childers
Ali White as Earl of Birkenhead
Jonathan White as David Lloyd George

A hundred years ago, a small group of untested politicians left Dublin for London, to negotiate for Irish independence with one of the most formidable delegations ever put together. The Irish were seeking to take back control; the British believed they were stronger together. The Unionists believed in a hard border on the island of Ireland; the Republicans wanted the border in the Irish Sea. The Irish wanted a hard exit from the British Empire; the British tried to tempt them with the Canada option. And overseeing it all was a prime minister nobody trusted, notorious for his wizardry. THE TREATY is a history play for this moment.

THE TREATY will be staged in the Kevin Barry Recital Room of the National Concert Hall, where the Dáil debates on the treaty actually took place in 1921.

Playwright Colin Murphy
Directed by Conall Morrison
Set and Lighting Design by Paul Keogan
Costume Design by Catherine Fay
Music and Sound Design by Denis Clohessy
AV Design by Neil O’Driscoll
Produced by Eva Scanlan
Artistic Director of Fishamble Jim Culleton
Production Manager Eoin Kilkenny
Stage Manager Clive Welsh
Assistant Stage Manager Síle Mahon
Line Producer Cally Shine

The Treaty was co-commissioned by Fishamble and Pavilion Theatre. This production is part of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Decade of Centenaries programme. This production is supported by Culture Ireland, National Concert Hall, Irish Embassy London, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Department of Foreign Affairs, and British Irish Chamber of Commerce.

Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council, and its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.

Praise for Fishamble’s previous plays by Colin Murphy:

'Wonderful production' President Michael D Higgins on Inside the GPO, 2016

‘a must-see….[Fishamble] has injected a new and vital ingredient into the Irish theatre landscape…director Conall Morrison cleverly marshals a classy cast’ Irish Independent on Bailed Out! , 2015

‘Colin Murphy does a terrific job in using documentary material to maximum dramatic effect’ Irish Times on Bailed Out! , 2015

'sharply written docudrama, which combines history and humour to superb effect' ​★★★★ Sunday Times on Haughey|Gregory, 2019

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