Lantern Productions play Thomas Kent – 1916 Rebel is touring venues across the county of Cork in May 2016. Starting in the Palace Theatre, Fermoy on the centenary of Richard Kent’s death, May 3rd, the production moves on to the Briery Gap Theatre in Macroom for a performance on Thursday the 5th of May before two nights in St. Mary’s Theatre, Rossmore, on Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th round off the County Cork stage of the tour. Monday May the 9th, the centenary of Thomas Kent’s execution, sees Thomas Kent – 1916 Rebel open in the Everyman Theatre Cork City for a five-night run that ends on Friday the 13th of May.
“It was always important that we could bring this story to the County audiences and we simply had to bring it to Fermoy,” director/producer Eoin Ó hAnnracháin explained. “We would have loved to perform in Castlelyons itself, but the Palace Theatre was the closest suitable venue. The Palace’s proximity to the Kent Bridge emphasises the ‘home venue’ nature of the opening performance.”
“As a Cork City boy the Everyman will always be my home for theatre and I was thrilled when Julie Kelleher [Artistic Director of The Everyman] agreed to program us, but it would have been extremely disappointing if we hadn’t been able to perform in Fermoy also. Aisling [co-producer of Thomas Kent – 1916 Rebel] and I went for site visits to a number of venues throughout County Cork and I fell in love with the Briary Gap and St Mary’s. Beautiful theatres with strong audience bases I could see the production working perfectly from the very first second I stepped foot in the auditoriums.”
“It is a massive honour to be given the opportunity to tell the story of Thomas Kent, and I am very excited about hearing the thoughts of audiences who are both familiar and unfamiliar with the story as we tour around the county. I would love for every person in Cork City and County to see this piece and come and chat to me over a few pints. That is one of the parts I am most looking forward to, getting the audiences reaction and thoughts after the performances.”