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The Assassination of Brian Boru

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Lauren Shannon Jones 

  • Synopsis

    Two brothers of conflicting ideals sail to Ireland to defeat the High King Brian Boru. Over the course of the journey they part enemies, and meet again on opposite sides of the battlefield.

    Brodir and Ospak are respected warriors, two brothers of vastly different temperament who have fought side by side in many battles throughout their lives. On their journey to Ireland they are plagued by omens, iron beaked ravens and showers of spears and blood. Cracks begin to scar their accord. The omens tell Ospak that they find themselves on the wrong side, but Brodir is dogged in his hunger for victory and power. The voyage breaks them as brothers and allies. Ospak deserts his brother to convert to Christianity and fight on the side of the good King.

    The brothers meet on the battlefield after Boru is killed, and in the bloodthirsty mess of the fight even the clarity of death is shaken.

     

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    2

  • Cast Notes

    A third actor appeared on film as Brian Boru during the play.

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    15 April 2014

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Anthony Fox and The New Theatre.

  • Producer

    Produced by The New Theatre

  • Original Venue

    The New Theatre

Original Cast  
Ospak Daithí Mac Suibhne
Brodir Andrew Kenny
Production Team  
Director Nora Kelly Lester
Set Designer Fionn McShane
Producer Anthony Fox
Lighting Designer Cathy O'Carroll
Sound Designer Dylan Tonge Jones
Film Cast Shane Connaughton
Fight Coordinator Tristan McConnell

UNPUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    The New Theatre

  • Address

    43 East Essex Street
    Dublin 2
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 670 3361

  • Website

    www.thenewtheatre.com

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The New Theatre

  • Address

    43 East Essex Street
    Dublin 2
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 670 3361

  • Website

    www.thenewtheatre.com

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was supplied by a member of the company.