MARCH AWAY MY BROTHERS
April 2 -5 (8pm)
Written and Performed by Brendan MacQuaile
We are delighted to welcome Brendan back to
The Viking. Brendan delighted his audience
when he played to packed houses
at the end of December. Don’t miss his wonderful
show as he tells us of our Irish soldiers , their stories and music.
‘March Away My Brothers’ is a one man show taken from the Book of the same name by Brendan MacQuaile; it follows the journey of a young Lad, Lawrence Kelly from Bridgefort Street in Dublin’s Liberties to the Christmas Truce in 1914, somewhere near the Messines ridge in Flanders where many Irish fought and died during the course of this terrible conflagration.
But Larry’s story is not one of hell and damnation, let’s face it, he is already dead, blown to bits at the now infamous Passchendaele and remembered only as an inscription on the Menin Gate. Larry looks back with the excitement of the early call to arms still palpable, the Guinness Pals brigade forming after Kitcheners call to arms and the sheer chaos and melee of new troops arriving in France, gung ho, ready to serve the crown, and do their bit before it was ‘Over by Christmas’.
March Away My Brothers takes its title from a Poem written in 1922 by George Chester Duggan. ‘The Watchers on Gallipoli’. Chester wrote the poem in memory of his two brothers George and Jack who were both killed on the same day in August 1915 near Suvla bay on the Turkish peninsula. Part of the reason for writing, both the book and the show, was to understand the role that Music had to play in the lives of the troops.