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A Legacy of Loss

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A Legacy of Loss (formerly Too Much to Lose?)

A Legacy of Loss

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Blue Elephant Theatre Camberwell SE5 0XT

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A Legacy of Loss (formerly Too Much to Lose?)

On 27th October 1920, an estimated 30,000 mourners filed past Terence MacSwiney’s coffin reposing in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark two days after his death in Brixton Prison. Many more lined the streets as the coffin was brought through London on its return to Ireland.

The Lord Mayor of Cork’s hunger strike brought the cause for Irish self-rule into the heart of the capital. MacSwiney’s protest at his jail sentence was rarely out of the papers causing George V to worry about the effect that this could have on Britain’s reputation overseas. One story rarely told is what it might have been like for Muriel, his wife, who supported him throughout.

In this new play, Muriel MacSwiney, now in her sixties and living in Kent, looks back at her journey during the turbulent years of 1915 -1923 as she eschewed her wealthy background in favour of the cause of Irish freedom.

Green Curtain Theatre is dedicated to creating and producing new writing that tells the stories of Irish people living in Britain. Set up in 2011, they have staged eleven new plays, held many live events, workshops/writing callouts and produced work for the digital space. They have performed onsite at the Palace of Westminster and Wandsworth Prison.

A Legacy of Loss is supported by the Irish Embassy London Department For Foreign Affairs.