COLLINS IN LONDON
By John Dunne
A new play about the Irish icon Michael Collins is about to premiere at The Bread & Roses Theatre, May 28 - May 30, 7.30 pm. Written and directed by John Dunne, it features Fraser Kellas as Collins and Catherine Adams as Hattie, Collins elder sister.
Michael Collins is considered an icon in Ireland mainly due to his romantic adventures during the war of independence and the civil war that followed the treaty negotiations. Assassinated in Cork, this only enhanced his iconic status, certainly at the expense of De Valera who led the Irish nation for decades after the Treaty.
What would have happened had Collins lived, is a mute point. Above all else, he was a pragmatist and willing to compromise hence his view that he wasn’t going to go to war over a form of words.
The modern equivalent to the Collins/ De Valera partnership could be seen with the cast-iron leadership between Gerry Adams and the late Martin McGuinness. Imagine how Irish narrative would have changed, had Collins and Dev forged the same link.
Lodging with his elder sister Hannie, Collins was fifteen when he moved to London where he remained until his call back to Ireland for the Easter Rising.
This two-handed drama explores the years prior to 1916 and the time when he returns to London a totally different man.
28-30 May @ Bread & Roses, 68 Clapham Manor Street SW4 9DZ - TICKETS