Casting Announced for Seamus Finnegan's I AM OF IRELAND at the Old Red Lion

Casting Announced for Seamus Finnegan's I AM OF IRELAND at the Old Red Lion

Richard Fish (Sherlock Holmes, The Invisible Thing, Tabard Theatre; Peter Hamilton's Playground, Old Red Lion), Euan Macnaughton (The Crown, Netflix; The Replacement, BBC 1), Sean Stewart (Lone Star, Art's Theatre; Coward, Different Productions), Angus Castle-Doughty (Loves Labours Lost, Rose Playhouse; The First Great Escape, Channel 5), Saria Steel (Silent Witness, BBC; Flight Lessons, Jermyn Street Theatre), Shenagh Govan (The Bill, ITV; The Mill on the Floss, BBC) and Jerome Ngonadi (The Man in the Mirror, Channel 5; The Divine Chaos of Starry Things, White Bear Theatre) will complete the dynamic ensemble for I AM OF IRELAND at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

I AM OF IRELAND is an exciting new play by one of Ireland's most perceptive writers, Seamus Finnegan (Act of Union, Soldiers, North). Directed by Ken McClymont, the play examines the state of a divided nation and Ireland's increasingly important role in Europe.

For some in Ireland, immigration and the border between the North and South have replaced sectarianism as central issues needing discussion. As a result, aggressive, passionate personalities may intrude on those who want only calm, peace and generosity. I AM OF IRELAND strives to remind us that there is still compassion and understanding in Ireland.

Through multiple storylines, the characters explore and examine the loss of religious faith, the disillusionment of Irish Republican ideals, the confusion of the Roman Catholic Church and the self-destruction of Ulster Loyalism.

Since 1998, Seamus Finnegan has worked closely with Scottish theatre director and artist, Ken McClymont. This has included seven productions at the Old Red Lion most notably Dead Faces Laugh, Disapora Jigs and Murder In Bridgport. For this state of the nation play, the Celtic duo reunite once again.

Director Ken McClymont comments, It is a great challenge and privilege to be asked to direct a new Seamus Finnegan play in the venue where we first met and worked together. Through the years Seamus's works demand that we watch, listen and ask questions of ourselves, I AM OF IRELAND is this; a touching, funny, brutal and special play that provokes and seduces our emotions.

Tickets are available priced £17 (£15 concessions). Available from Old Red Lion Theatre Box Office and www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk or 0333 012 4963.

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