The Hellfire Squad (2016)

The Hellfire Squad About The Show A rip roaring, men on a mission comedy about the assembly, training and deployment of Michael Collins infamous hit squad. After the Rising, Michael Collins put together a list of the hardiest shcans in all 32 counties to form an elite military unit to embark on a campaign of subterfuge, misinformation, political assassinations, espionage and general divilment. So begins the tale of The Hellfire Squad. Written by Peter McGann and John Morton is a fiercely comical, action packed story of mismatched assassins with different agendas and the same targets. The legend of Collins’ Squad has been printed. Now the seven-man squad and their no-nonsense handler, ‘The Bould’ Kathleen Sweeney are telling their tale, one as powerful, tragic and frightening as the history it sprung from. God bless the work. The Hellfire Squad was performed at Project Arts Centre, Dublin from 18th to 23rd July 2016 and The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from July 28-30th as part of our Devious 10 programme and Alternative Kilkenny Arts 2016. the-hellfire-squad-main-poster THE CAST 'The Bould' Kathleen Sweeney - Annette O'Shea Tadhg McRoth - David Fennelly Walter Meade - John Morton Fr. Desmond Furey - Dave Fleming Dr. Roddy Quincannon - Stephen Colfer Finbarr McLiammoir - John Doran Dicey McGurk - Peter McGann Austin De Courcey - Ed Murphy THE CREW Writers - Peter McGann and John Morton Director - Sarah Baxter Producer - Ken McGuire Production Designer - Helen McGinty Stage Manager - Sinead Heavin Lighting Designer - Adrian Mullan Dramaturg - Ken Bourke Sound Design - Ken McGuire Reviews: “McGann and Morton’s script manages to be historically accurate and hilarious”Sunday Business Post “A modern Irish classic”Pure M Magazine “Admirably, the playmakers are more interested in a reclamation project, restoring these secret fighters to the record.”Exeunt Magazine “The play zips along at breakneck speed under the tight direction of Sarah Baxter”The Kilkenny People “An innovative view of the period and shows that we don’t have to treat the heroes of yesteryear with solemnity.”No More Workhorse hellfire-promo-8