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With My Bare Hands


  • Playwright

    Frances Kay 

  • Author Notes

    Based on the fourteenth-century account of a pilgrimage from Ireland to Jerusalem written by the Clonmel friar Simon FitzSimon (Symon Simeonis).

  • Setting

    14th century Europe

  • Notes

    With my Bare Hands was staged as part of the collaborative project ‘Bringing History to the People’ initiated between the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, University College Dublin, School of History, University College Cork and the Irish Franciscans. It was funded by the Heritage Council and the Arts Council.

  • Synopsis

    With my Bare Hands tells the true and tragic story of two fourteenth-century Irish Franciscan friars, Simon Simeonis and Hugo the Illuminator, on a journey from Clonmel to Jerusalem through turbulent lands in Europe and the Middle East. Their pilgrimage is intended to emulate the example of the unconventional and charismatic St. Francis, but they cannot know what lies in wait for them. Shackled with their human fallibilities, they struggle to integrate what they experience in England, France Greece and Egypt with their contemporary values and sense of self, deeply coloured by the cultural and religious baggage they bring with them from fourteenth-century Ireland.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male



  • Date of First Production

    27 August 2010

  • Production Notes

    Produced by The Bare Hands Project as part of Heritage Week 2010

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Granary Theatre

Original Cast  
Performer Mark D'Aughton
Production Team  
Director Frances Kay
Music by Nico Brown
Historical advisor Edel Bhreathnach
Historical advisor Eugene Barrett OFM
Historical advisor Malgorzata Krasnodebska-D'Aughton



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Frances Kay

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email