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The News from Home by Nick Dear

bookshelves: published-2016, radio-3, play-dramatisation, britain-ireland, spring-2016
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read on March 29, 2016



Description: The News from Home, a new play by Nick Dear written for the centenary of the Easter Rising in Dublin.

The play views the events of Easter Week 1916 and its aftermath through the eyes of Kitty and Nora, maidservants of an English country house, tucked away in the New Forest. Kitty and Nora come from Roscrea, Tipperary, and have always thought of themselves as British citizens, but their views change as they learn that there has been an armed insurrection in their homeland, and for a few days, as news trickles in, it seems just possible that the nascent Irish Republic may succeed. Overnight the girls become thought of as Irish, not British, and potentially in league with the German enemy.

Kitty ..... Clare Dunne
Nora ..... Charlene McKenna
Ilsa ..... Geraldine Somerville
Blanche ..... Nelly Harker
Scammell ..... Sam Dale
Cook ..... Serena Evans
Archie ..... Sam Troughton
Ken ..... Ferdinand Kingsley