Drama

PosterTeacht Abhaile

Imprisonment has been a fact of life throughout Ireland's history. Prisoners have always been integral to political struggle in Ireland and have played a significant role in the development of the peace process to date.

Imprisonment has been a fact of life throughout Ireland's history. Prisoners have always been integral to political struggle in Ireland and have played a significant role in the development of the peace process to date.

CellOver the last 30 years 15,000 republicans have been imprisoned. They have served in total c.100, 000 years. Many more thousands have been directly affected by their imprisonment. These include the mothers, fathers, partners, children, brothers, sisters and other extended family. This play is based upon their experiences.

Teacht Abhaile traces the journey of one young Derry couple's experiences. Their journey starts in the 1970s, a time of escalating conflict within the prisons, through the 'Blanket' protest, which ultimately culminated in the 'Hunger Strikes' of 1980 and 1981. It vividly depicts the hardships, and humour, that were characteristics of the struggle of prisoners and their families in trying to maintain normal relationships in extraordinary circumstances.

This play is an attempt to focus on a situation, which only those who have experienced it can fully comprehend. For the rest of us as onlookers it is vital, especially in endeavouring to build a peaceful society, that we gain an insight to the role played by prisoners' families.

No one play could capture all the real life experiences of prisoners' families, Teacht Abhaile is an attempt to begin such a process. 

Cast

  • Cathy: Jane McNaught
  • Sean: Richie Harkin
  • Roisin (Cathy's friend): Lorraine Taylor & Patricia Moore
  • Bridie (Cathy's Mother): Janet O'Hara
  • Mrs. Doherty (Prisoner's Mother): Bridgeen McCaul
  • Sean's aunt: Mary-Ann Anne Hamilton
  • Sinéad (Prisoner's Wife): Teresa Harkin
  • Eamon (Séan & Cathy's son): Kevin Fisher
  • Aileen (Séan & Cathy's daughter): Orlagh Harkin

  • Prisoners Windmill
  • Paddy O'Carroll
  • Hugh Mc Monagle Gerry Mc Cartney

Production Team

  • Director: Pat Mulkeen
  • Co-ordinator: Cathy Nelis
  • Lights/Sound: Tommy White
  • Set: Pius Mc Naught, Gerry Mc Cartney, Sean Mc Monagle