The year 1956 was memorable – there was the Hungarian Uprising against The Soviet Russia, the Suez Crisis (Second Arab Israeli War), while here in Ireland Eamon de Valera celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Rebellion at Easter 1916.
Nothing had changed much in Ireland since 1916-1923 in the newly minted impoverished Republic of Ireland. Most children left school at fourteen, and were thrown into the adult world of work, while medical and maternity services were all operating on a uniquely Irish poor law system that was struggling to enter early 20th century medical practice.
Outside the new Irish elite life was mundane and poverty was endemic.
This play is a snapshot in 1956 of life in Dublin as seen and experienced through the lens of a seven-year-old girl.
My Sister Elizabeth can be viewed as an epilogue to Ann’s drama The Moving Bridge that was part of the 2020 New Theatre Fightback programme.
Cast and Creatives
My Sister Elizabeth can be viewed as an epilogue to Ann Matthews’ drama The Moving Bridge that was part of the 2020 New Theatre Fightback programme.
Her first play Lockout was staged in 2013 in Dublin and her second play Madame de Markievicz on Trial was staged in 2015 and went on a national tour in 2016. The finale was performed in the Irish Cultural Centre (Cultural Irlandias) in Paris on the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rebellion in Dublin.
Ann completed her PhD in 2004 at Maynooth University. In 2010 she published Renegades: Irish Republican Women 1900-1922 and The Kimmage Garrison 1916. She published Dissidents: Irish Republican Women 1922-41 and The Irish Citizen Army in 2012 and 2014, respectively. She has also contributed to several historical publications.
Amy O’Dwyer graduated with a distinction from the London School of Musical Theatre, and studied a BA in Drama and Theatre at Trinity College Dublin.
When not acting, she works as a producer with The Podcast Studios, and has worked in radio as a news reader and presenter.
Some recent TV/Stage credits include: Jackie (Yeat’s Memorial), The Moving Bridge (Fightback Festival 2020), A Little Heart (Smock Alley), 24 Hour Plays (Abbey Theatre), Fair City (RTE), Ledwidge (New Theatre, National Tour), Lockdown (New Theatre, National Tour), Making Dad’s Army (BBC), Madame Markievicz on Trial (New Theatre, National tour), Peter Pan (Gaiety Theatre), Boys (Cork Arts Theatre), The Last Five Years (Project Arts Centre), If I Were You (Cork Arts Theatre), Immaculate (White Bear Theatre, London), KatieMag (The Everyman Palace/Smock Alley), Who Will Carry The Word (Brockley Jack Theatre, London, Our Town (Camden People’s Theatre, London), Playground Night (Theatre 503, London).
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