O'FLAHERTY V. C. Comes to Shaw Fest

Bernard Shaw's celebrated humour is featured in his farcical and funny anti-war O'Flaherty V.C. Directed by Kimberley Rampersad, O'Flaherty V.C. comically reveals why the men of Ireland really went to war. This season's Lunchtime one-act begins previews on May 31 at the Royal George Theatre.

Accompanied by General Sir Pearce Madigan (Patrick McManus), Victoria Cross recipient Dennis O'Flaherty (Ben Sanders) has been sent from the Western Front back to his village to take part in a British Army recruitment campaign. O'Flaherty, however, has neglected to tell his Irish Nationalist mother (Tara Rosling) he's fighting for the English instead of against them. Also awaiting O'Flaherty's return is his girlfriend Teresa (Gabriella Sundar Singh) who hopes her sweetheart's homecoming includes a large pension payout.

Influenced by the architecture of Royal George Theatre, Sue LePage's set and costume design, complemented by Mikael Kangas's lighting design and Patrick Bowman's music direction, evokes the era of WWI music halls. The theatre's interior conjures a 1915 wartime music hall - complete with a hand painted drop and footlights along the front of the stage.

O'Flaherty V.C. is on stage at the Royal George Theatre (85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake) from May 31 to October 6 (Media Premiere June 20). This Shaw Festival production is proudly sponsored by Vintage Hotels.

Cast: (in alphabetical order)

Patrick McManus
Tara Rosling
Ben Sanders
Gabriella Sundar Singh General Sir Pearce Madigan
Mrs. O'Flaherty

Creative & Production:

Kimberley Rampersad
Sue LePage
Mikael Kangas
Patrick Bowman
Allan Teichman
Ashley Ireland
Lighting Designer
Music Director
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

The Shaw Festival's 2018 season is on stage April 4 with a playbill that features The Magician's Nephew, Grand Hotel, Mythos: A Trilogy - Gods. Heroes. Men., The Hound of the Baskervilles, Stage Kiss, Of Marriage and Men: A Comedy Double-Bill, O'Flaherty V.C., Oh What a Lovely War, The Orchard (After Chekhov), The Baroness and the Pig, Henry V, Secret Theatre and A Christmas Carol (on stage November 14 - December 23).

Direct bus service from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake on the Shaw Express began April 4. Patrons can choose to come for a day or stay for the weekend with a round trip costing $25. New this season: the Shaw Express will stay for two performances on some Saturdays - departing Toronto at 10 a.m. and leaving The Shaw at 11 p.m. Schedule is subject to change. Please confirm dates and times with the Shaw Festival Box Office. A ticket to a 2018 Shaw Festival performance is required to access this service.

To purchase tickets for the 2018 Festival season and Shaw Express, please contact the Shaw Festival Box Office at 1-800-511-SHAW and online at www.shawfest.com.

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