Dublin Theatre Festival

National Theatre Society / The Peacock Theatre

Amazing Grace

By Michael Harding

Venue Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage

Directed by Brian Brady
Designed by Jo Taylor
Lighting Designed by Paul Keogan
Composer and Musical Director Laura Forest-Hay
Cast Michael Colgan, Joe Dow, Michéle, Forbes, Catherine Mack, Eileen McCloskey, Des Nealon, Tony Rohr, Ryland Teifi

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Ailish wants to start an ecumenical choir in Enniskillen, Daphne is passing secrets to the IRA, Tim is having a crisis of faith about his job with the RUC, and Eddie just can't get those dreams about the 1798 rebellion out of his mind. History and contemporary life collide in Amazing Grace, Michael Harding's new play having its world premiere at the Peacock Theatre this autumn.

Michael Harding has written over ten plays in the past decade, five of them premiered by the National Theatre Society. His work has been seen in America, London and Edinburgh, and he has won numerous awards including the Stewart Parker Trust Award and was writer-in-association with the Abbey Theatre in 1993. His plays include Strawboys, Una Pooka, The Misogynist, Hubert Murray's Widow, The Kiss, Backsides to the Wind, Where the Heart Is and Burying Brian Boru. He has written two award-winning books of fiction, Priest and The Trouble with Sarah Gullion. He is also a regular contributer to RTE's Sunday Miscellany.

Brian Brady is an Associate Director with the Abbey Theatre. His productions include: Making History, Riders to the Sea, To, Wave, The Misanthrope, Play, Footfalls, The Woman who Cooked Her Husband, Thank God Fasting...., Man-To-Man, A Little Like Paradise, The Mai, Vinegar and Brown Paper, The Playboy of the Western World, The Hostage, Strawberries in December, The Marriage of Figaro, Sour Grapes, The Electrocution of Children, and The Lighthouse, an opera by Peter Maxwell Davies for O.T.C.

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