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Fresh Hell

John Morton
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A mighty weeks labour indeed. The Dublin run of The Hellfire Squad is done and dusted. Thanks so much to everyone who came to see it and support it and thanks particularly to the staff of Project Arts Centre for all their help. This was our third production in Project Cube and quite accidentally, the […]

Ciara Donegan

Burnin’ Hell

John Morton
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Well, that escalated quickly. By the morning of opening night The Hellfire Squad had pretty much sold out its night time run in Dublin and now, it’s entirely gone for each night. This is a hot show, on a hot week. Hot as hell, you could say. The response has been phenomenal thus far and […]

Ciara Donegan

Fire and Brimstone

John Morton
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The countdown is finished. Tonight we’re going straight to hell… The Hellfire Squad previews in Project Arts Centre tonight. We’ll be opening proper on Tuesday night and then it’s a straight sprint to this Saturday. We’ve launched the second trailer for the play which sees Michael Collins’ list made flesh. It’s a full countdown of […]

Ciara Donegan

#1. ‘The Bould’ Kathleen Sweeney

John Morton
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“We do the jobs we’re given…” #1. Kathleen Sweeney (Annette O’Shea) aka The Bould Kathleen. A publican and proprietor of the local Republican hub. Tasked with assembling the squad and overseeing their training. Frequently patronised but a better fighter than any man. Foul of mouth and quick to draw, she’s here to fight for her […]

Ciara Donegan

#3. Walter Meade

John Morton
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“I’d call that a good days labour…” #3. Walter Meade (John Morton) aka The Blacksmith. A veteran of the Rising and suffering from shell-shock as a result. A loud, swaggering one eyed figure obsessed with the work. Highly emotional, quick to temper and very trigger happy. His role in the Squad is a bit of […]

Ciara Donegan

Squad Goals

John Morton
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We’re officially a week away from the opening of The Hellfire Squad in Project Arts Centre. Then it’s another week away from taking the show home to Kilkenny and The Watergate Theatre. We’ve been rehearsing for 3 weeks now, 3 weeks that have absolutely flown. The process has not been unlike the training of the […]

Ciara Donegan

#4. Fr. Desmond Furey

John Morton
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“Doing the dirty work of a nation…” Fr. Desmond Furey (Dave Fleming) aka The Defrocked Preacher. A fire and brimstone spewing, chain smoking, tough-as-nails priest who puts the fear of god in the enemy. Long feared as a shin hacking, ultra competitive lover of the GAA, he is lethal with a hurley. Quietly moved to […]

Ciara Donegan

#5. Finbarr McLiammoir

John Morton
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“I wanted a big part in a big story…” #5. Finbarr McLiammoir (John Doran) aka Paudie Blennerhasset aka Dionysus Ffolliott is a man of many men. A gruff voiced Cork born thespian, of gypsy lineage, with a fine penchant for mimicry and a way with a ballad. He has a devious hold on the dark theatrical […]

Ciara Donegan

#6. Dicey McGurk

John Morton
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“Well painted by reputation…” #6. Dicey McGurk (Peter McGann) aka The Syphilitic Salesman. A shady, wife seducing, clap ridden, arms procuring, travelling lingerie salesman. His reputation is that of a coward and thief, who looted the fashionable stores of Dublin City during the Rising. However, he is cunning at weapon concealment and an explosives expert. […]

Ciara Donegan

#7. Austin De Courcey

John Morton
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“Burns like the dickens, but gets the job done…” #7. Austin De Courcey (Ed Murphy) aka The 3rd Earl Of Roundwood. A well bred, dapper land owner of British descent who likes to smoke a pipe, swig a brandy and kill any man who besmirches his beloved Eire. He might be a Protestant, yes and […]

Ciara Donegan