DOOLIN will host the world premiere of the play ‘2 Days in September’ this week.
On Thursday (June 30th), the latest work of Lisdoonvarna filmmaker, Dermott Petty will be shown to the public for the first time. ‘2 Days in September’ will have its World Premiere on Thursday, June 30th at the Attic Theatre in Hotel Doolin, Doolin, at 8pm
This original play tells a story of the Rineen Ambush, one of the most memorable encounters from the War of Independence.
On September 22nd 1920, a British Army convoy was ambushed by the Mid Clare Brigade of the IRA, the purpose of this act was to get revenge for the murder of Martin Devitt, an Irish soldier who was shot dead in an ambush in February of that year in the locality. A secondary function was to get arms for the poorly equipped volunteers in the area. The aftermath of the ambush saw the revenge sacking, looting and burning of the villages of Ennistymon, Lahinch and Miltown Malbay.
Dermott was commissioned by Clare County Council to write the play. He explained, “Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic it is not possible to stage the play as it was intended, so instead we are doing a hybrid of theatre and film”. The play received a Decade of Centenaries Arts Project Awards 2021 as part of the Clare County Council Arts office 2021 Decade of Centenaries in association with the Community Strand of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Commemorative Programs.
Joan O’Hanrahan will direct the play, Barry Dillon composed the music and soundscape with the BallyCartoon Players contributing the actors and technicians.