“He shall not hear the bittern cry
In the wild sky, where he is lain”
A call to arms. War Poet Francis Ledwidge (Ethan Dillon) is torn between his love for Shivvie (Katie O’Kelly), and Ellie (Amy O’Dwyer), his friend and confidante. In spite of their fears, he enlists in Captain Dunsany’s (Ian Meehan) regiment, and is dispatched to Suvla Bay.
Excelling as a sniper, Ledwidge distinguishes himself at Gallipoli, but the poet remains conflicted.
BBC Stewart Parker Award winning writer Gerard Humphreys’ ‘LEDWIDGE’, explores the poet’s personal conflict during World War I and his early life as a trade union activist in a class ridden society on the eve of revolution. ‘LEDWIDGE’ presents its subject in the context of his art and politics, bringing to life the adventurous spirit of Ireland’s greatest war poet.
This play will celebrate 100 years since Ledwidge’s death and 20 years presenting new writing by The New Theatre.
Anthony Fox – Director
Tour Liaison and Development – Jim Myers
TOUR DATES 2017
The Lyric Theatre, Belfast – March 17th/18th
Theatre Royal, Waterford – March 22nd
St. John’s Theatre, Listowel – March 24th
Friarsgate Theatre, Kilmallock – March 25th
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny – March 29th
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge – March 30th
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan – April 6th
The Source Arts Centre, Thurles – April 7th
The Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire – April 8th
(L-R) Ian Meehan, Katie O’Kelly, Ethan Dillon, Amy O’Dwyer & Barbara Dempsey.
Cast and Creatives
Tour Liaison and Development
Cast (Francis Ledwidge)
Cast (Katie Conyngham)
Cast (Ellie Vaughey)
SUPPORTED BY UNESCO CITY OF LITERATURE