Newpoint Players Present
The Trial Of The Gaelic Lords Of Ulster In The Court Of History
Fri 9 Sept | 8.00pm | £14.00 | £12.00 [conc]
In this political and historical fantasy, Con O’Neill, the last Gaelic Lord of east Belfast, is called from the grave to answer the charge that he and his fellow chiefs, including Hugh O’Neill and Rory O’Donnell, betrayed Ulster and her people.
The prosecutor is Thomas D’Arcy McGee [1825-1868], failed Irish rebel, British loyalist and founding father of Canada. The defence lawyer is John Mitchel [1815 – 1875], an unrepentant physical force Irish republican, American Confederate and supporter of slavery.
During the trial, Sir Arthur Chichester is called as a witness for the prosecution. Con’s feisty wife, Éilís, who planned his escape from Carrickfergus castle, and the gallows, is a witness for the defence.
As in Anthony Russell’s other trial plays there is no fourth wall, the audience is the jury, and all are expected to vote guilty or not guilty only on the evidence presented.
Presented by one of Northern Ireland’s leading amateur theatre groups.
This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.