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SHROUD by Bernard Field - Presented by Ireland’s Hawtheatre Company

Imprisoned beneath the altar, the life of a young boy hangs in the balance while two priests and a bishop frantically search for ways to save themselves and protect the church they serve.

Shroud is a behind the scenes view of what goes on in the hearts and minds of the Catholic hierarchy as they seek to extricate themselves from the tragic disasters of their own making.

CAST
Michael Irwin – BISHOP VICTOR
Fintan Kelly - Father Jonathan
Bernard Field - Father Martin
Annabel Cleare – The Mother
John McDonagh – JP
Directed by – Jim Ivers
Set and Costumes – Iris Merz
Lighting and Sound – Rico Zimmer
Image Design – Rico Zimmer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wbY1qf1Dx0&ab_channel=BernardField
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Shroud audience feedback Town Hall, Galway Nov 2019;
“ Wonderfully thought provoking play. We are drawn into a space few dare to inhabit, a space where lack of empathy reigns. But ultimately the voice of humanity prevails "

Mary Ellen Doyle, Galway
" Superb drama delving into Ireland’s darkest secret but told from a fresh and unique angle. Compelling, evocative and unnerving in equal measure. The fantastic performances give this brilliantly written and gripping play the power it deserves."

Sharon Prendeville, Galway

“ Great writing, wonderful stage and set and brilliant, authentic acting. A must see if you consider yourself willing to explore perspectives other than your own. Shroud is a ground breaking play.”

Rachel Webb, Galway
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COMPANY

Hawtheatre was formed in Galway in 2008. Our first production was Bernard Field’s Last train from Holyhead with the great Mick Lally in the lead role.
http://itmarchive.ie/web/Reviews/Current/Last-Train-from-Holyhead.aspx.html Since then we’ve gone from strength to strength with plays that address issues of vital social importance. We believe passionately in theatre and its power as a catalyst for change in society. Last train from Holyhead, Zeitgeist, The Juggler, The Early Hours, http://itmarchive.ie/web/Reviews/Current/The-Early-Hours.aspx.html, all take their inspiration from the conflicts and passions of everyday life to address issues of power, crime and corruption, sex, love, death and redemption. These plays have received critical acclaim and been widely toured in Ireland and the UK. SHROUD carries on the exploration of this rich vein forward with a drama centred around the inner workings of the Catholic Church in light of their appalling crimes against children. SHROUD raises many unspoken questions that we feel only drama can voice. We believe this play can make a difference.

Creative Team
Jim Ivers - Director

Jim Ivers is Artistic Director of Tavistock Arts. He has produced and directed several plays in Ireland and Canada. This production of SHROUD is his London debut. Directing highlights include The Early Hours (Galway); The Mundy Scheme, Killer Joe and Ariel (Dublin); and The Lonesome West, Kin and Tempo (Toronto).

CAST
Annabel Cleare
Bernard Field
Fintan Kelly
Michael Irwin
John McDonagh

Annabel Cleare trained at Drama Centre London at the end of the last century. Since then she has appeared in many theatre productions including the Uk premiere of Bernard Field’s, 'Last Train to Holyhead'.
Bernard Field is from Dublin, 'Last Train From Holyhead' was his debut production with Haw Theatre. SHROUD, along with 'The Early Hours', 'Zeitgeist' and 'The Juggler', have all been premiered at The Town Hall Theatre, Galway. 'Oh Sister', is in the early stages of production for 2022, and a revival of 'Zeitgeist' is also planned.
Fintan Kelly made his feature film debut in 2017 in Gerard Walsh’s critically acclaimed ‘Release’ which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh and has landed feature roles in the HBO series Game of Thrones. He has toured Ireland with Stagemad Theatre Company’s production of the one man tour de force ‘Howie the Rookie’ by Mark O’Rowe.
Michael Irwin's stage acting roles are a mix of iconic characters such as The Bull McCabe from JB Keane’s 'The Field', headmaster Dogg in Tom Stoppard’s 'Dogg’s Hamlet' and Cahoot’s 'Macbeth'. Michael has been with Shroud from the start and appreciates the faith, no pun intended, that Bernard Field has shown in him entrusting him with the portrayal of the character of Bishop Victor and probe the morass that is the church’s response to the wickedness of clerical child abuse.
John Mc Donagh is 44 years young depending on which body part you ask. He is a sometimes actor who once had the privilege to play John Coffey in a stage version of 'The Green Mile'. SHROUD is his London debut.
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Running time 90 mins, no interval.
Recommended for ages 16 + 
21st Feb - 5th March, 7.30pm
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £22

Concession £17.50

Ten at £10 (Discounted tickets to support access to the arts)

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The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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