Norah McVeigh is battling to save her brother Kyran. He made the decision to go on hunger strike and has lost consciousness. Norah is now faced with the difficult decision to respect his political choice or save his life.
Through confrontations with the British Foreign Office, the Catholic Church, the RUC, the IRA, and her own family, Norah’s convictions and loyalties are put to the test.
‘Norah’ is a portrayal of one family caught up in the struggle that became known internationally as The Irish Hunger Strike – the struggle by republican prisoners who refused to be treated as criminals and endured deprivation and brutality in Long Kesh prison.
BBC Stewart Parker award-winning writer Gerard Humphreys has created a passionate portrayal of a tumultuous time in Ireland’s history, recounting the political and moral challenges that faced women as they battled on many fronts to save their families and communities.
Above all, this is a story of family and the untold struggles of those left behind by history.
“Superb…Faultless performance from Juliette Crosbie”
“Remarkable, nuanced and thought-provoking”
– THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
“Passionate…timely reminder of the Troubles”
– THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST
Written by Gerard Humphreys
Directed by Anthony Fox
Cast: Juliette Crosbie, Hannah Carnegie, Ethan Dillon, Barbara Dempsey, Brendan Quinn & Ian Meehan
Stage Manager: Shannon Cowan
Production Technical manager/Audio design Céin Sookram
Lighting Designer: Cathy O’Carroll
Sound Designer: Ciara McElholm
Costume Designer & Scenic Artist: Lisa Krugel
Co-producers: Clara Purcell & Anthony Fox
Photos by Al Craig
L – Hannah Carnegie as Jackie.
R– Juliette Crosbie as Norah & Ethan Dillon as Sean.
L – Brendan Quinn as Proinsias.
R – Ian Meehan as Fr. Bennis.
L & R – Juliette Crosbie as Norah
L – Ethan Dillon as Sean.
R – Ethan Dillon as Trevor.
L – Juliette Crosbie as Norah & Hannah Carnegie as Jackie.
R – Brendan Quinn as Proinsias & Juliette Crosbie as Norah.
L – Juliette Crosbie as Norah.
R – Brendan Quinn as Proinsias, Juliette Crosbie as Norah, & Ethan Dillon as Sean.
L & R – Juliette Crosbie as Norah & Ethan Dillon as Sean.
L – Barbara Dempsey as Vera Pomfrey.
R – Juliette Crosbie as Norah.
April 25th – Friarsgate Theatre, Kilmallock
April 26th – The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon
April 27th& 28th – The Lyric, Belfast
May 2nd – Watergate, Kilkenny
May 3rd – Pavilion, Du Laoghaire
May 4th – Riverbank, Newbridge
Supported by the Pavilion Theatre.
The New Theatre supports New Writing with the assistance of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature & The Arts Council Ireland.