The negatives first – the sound was not great, and I was only in row J. This was exacerbated by the continuity between the recorded sound and the actor when he started to talk before the audio had finished so he was drowned out.
It came across very much as a transformation of the book rather than dramatic invention. This was fine by me with an interest in that historic period.
At €25, it was dearer than all the other plays except the Frank O’Connor play and so in terms of value for money would have been in the relegation zone.
I need to check either my hearing or the book as I thought I heard that civilians were killed in the burning of Cork whereas I had thought that only one person died on that night.
However, overall I did enjoy.
The play with the references to the various ambush sites – the first by the Flying Column at Toureen; Kilmichael (which I have yet to photograph); and Crossbarry – and the volunteers named was yet another reminder of the many commemorative plaques that I have photographed but have yet to catalogue and upload.
This morning I was reading Ian’s blog and it got me wondering what if Tom Barry had died fighting for the British Army; what if he did not fall off the car and so would have been captured like his colleagues; what if Percival had recognised him at the roadblock.
The memorials and commemorative plaques of West Cork would definitely not be the same….
Possibly living in two houses….