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'Pull Down a Horseman' is being discussed and presented in a very wide range of interesting places these days!

On last night's RTÉ arts show 'Arena', Seán Rocks interviewed director Conor O'Malley. Their discussion included a short extract from the beginning of the play. You can listen to a recording of the interview on the Dublin Lyric Players website at www.dublinlyric.ie/pp_horseman.html

Tomorrow (Sun 7 February) will see the first of several performances in the Palatine Room at the National Museum, Collins Barracks. The show starts at 3pm and details are on the museum website at www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2813

And early next week the play will be performed at the official residence of our Head of State. President Michael D Higgins invited the writer, Eugene McCabe, who will celebrate his eighty sixth birthday in July of this year, to a special performance of our production of his play at Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday 9 February.

A full list of all the public performances of the play is kept up to date on the Dublin Lyric Players website at www.dublinlyric.ie
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James Connolly is played by MJ Sullivan in the forthcoming production of 'Pull Down a Horseman' presented by Dublin Lyric Players. These photographs show him before and after the first stage of his physical transformation for the role of Connolly. He's no stranger to taking on parts that take him to very different places — physically and emotionally — and he has described this key figure in the Easter 1916 Rising as "one of the most fascinating characters I've had a chance to portray on stage".

When talking with one of Connolly's descendants, Michael asked what was known about how Connolly would have sounded in 1916. He was told that Connolly's speaking voice was apparently a mix of accents, probably influenced by his Monaghan parents, growing up in Scotland, joining the British army, serving as a soldier in Ireland, later on working here, living in the United States and, while there, learning foreign languages to help him in his dealings on behalf of workers who didn't speak English.

The Dublin Lyric Players website www.dublinlyric.ie has lots more about the show and the various places where you can see it over the next few months.
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Conor O'Malley is directing the new Dublin Lyric Players production of 'Pull Down A Horseman', Eugene McCabe's 1966 play about the secret meeting that agreed the date for the Easter 1916 Rising. Next week sees the first in a series of performances which will be in a range of venues between now and Easter.

Conor has conducted research that has shed some interesting new light on the circumstances surrounding the secret meeting. That work will be published soon by Century Ireland. You can find a link to that and read lots more about the play, on the Dublin Lyric Players website at www.dublinlyric.ie

The photograph shows Conor O'Malley (right) talking with the actor MJ Sullivan, who plays James Connolly.
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From early January 2016, Dublin Lyric Players will stage the first in a series of presentations of Eugene McCabe's play 'Pull Down a Horseman'. For full details about the production, including where and when you can see it, visit www.dublinlyric.ie
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