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Dead School joins Tricycle’s Irish spring

Published 21 January 2010

Irish Times Theatre Awards nominee The Dead School is to join Greta Garbo Came To Donegal and Chronicles Of Long Kesh in a season of Irish drama that runs at the Tricycle theatre from now until April.

The Livin’ Dred Theatre Company production, which toured Ireland in 2008, will play at the Kilburn venue between the two previously announced productions, running from 22 February to 13 March.

Pat McCabe’s play is set in the Ireland of the 1970s, a country struggling with the warring forces of change and tradition. Schoolmaster Raphael Bell is devoted to traditional teaching values. Schoolmaster Malachy Dudgeon loves rock music and makes rules only in order to break them. When these two men and all they represent come together, chaos is only round the corner.

The show’s original cast of Sean Campion, Carrie Crowley, Peter Daly and Gemma Reeves are joined at the Tricycle theatre by Nick Lee, who takes the role of Dudgeon.

Campion previously appeared at the Tricycle in the Quare Fellow and Stones In His Pockets, the hit comedy which transferred to the West End and earned him a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. His other London credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Open Air theatre) and Phaedra (Donmar Warehouse).

The production is directed by Livin’ Dred’s Artistic Director Padraic McIntyre.

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