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Rebels and Friends at the Liverpool Irish Festival

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Constance Markievicz being the first woman elected to the British Parliament, Lynx is reviving its highly praised production of Rebels and Friends with the support of Arts Council England and the Irish government’s Emigrant Support Programme.




Liverpool Playhouse. Williamson Square Liverpool L1 1EL

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100 years ago Constance Markievicz was the first woman elected to the British parliament.

She was in prison. She had been a leader of the Dublin Easter Rising, but her pacifist sister, Eva Gore–Booth, was campaigning for her release. Wealthy young women from Sligo, they had turned their backs on convention. This “stunning and evocative” play tells the remarkable story of these Irish sisters through theatre, poetry, songs, music, dance and over 600 archival images.

Constance married a Polish count, was an artist and ran a soup kitchen in the Dublin lock–out. Eva was a poet who campaigned for the rights of barmaids and other working women in northwest England with her lifelong partner, Esther Roper.

This new production by Lynx Theatre and Poetry of Jacqueline Mulhallen’s play is directed by William Alderson and choreographed by Siân Williams (of the Globe Theatre and the BBC‘s Wolf Hall). It is supported by Arts Council England, the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Programme and Unite the Union.

Saturday’s showing will be followed by a Q&A for those who wish to stay on and discuss the production, story or archive.