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    The Irish and World War One

    This August will mark the centenary of the start of World War One. We will be commemorating this anniversary on The History Show with special programmes and short items telling the stories of Irish people who were involved in the war. We will also be examining what was happening here during these turbulent years.

    Do you have relatives who were involved in the First World War? We would like to hear their stories. Email: history@rte.ie

    The History Show Sunday 1 February 2015

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    Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past
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    Bringing the past to life!  Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past. 

     

    Anu Productions - Dramatising the past

    On this week's programme, we look at the work of Anu Productions, the Irish theatre company whose immersive, engaging performances evoke different periods of Irish history. 

    We explore the challenges of bringing history to life, and find out about giving voice to individual stories that never made the history books.  

    Myles' guests were Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland, Louise Lowe, an artistic director at Anu and Una Kavanagh, an actress who has appeared in a number of Anu productions. 

     

    PALS - The Irish at Gallipoli

    Anu's latest presentation is called PALS - The Irish at Gallipoli. It takes place at Collins Barracks, and explores the stories of a battalion of young men who fought in Gallipoli during World War 1. 

    We preview this new production, which gives an insight into life and death in the World War 1 trenches and the reality of those left behind.

     

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    Anu Productions

    Myles was joined by Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland, Louise Lowe, an artistic director at Anu and Una Kavanagh, an actress who has appeared in a number of Anu productions.  

    Anu Productions "bring the past to life" in a very literal sense.  Their presentations are inspired by archive material like census records and letters.  They take place in real-life historical locations, like a former tenement building, or the barracks where a unit were stationed during World War 1.  Their actors play real historical characters who talk to and engage with the audience. 

     

    Dublin Tenement Experience (2013)

    The Dublin Tenement Experience took place in an old tenement building on Dublin’s Henrietta Street.  This was a site-specific presentation.  It was based on records from the 1911 Census, which revealed that 103 people lived there around the time of the Lockout in 1913. 

     

    Lloyd Cooney as 'Charlie' in the Dublin Tenement Experience

    The presentation vividly illustrated the social deprivation and struggles of families trying to survive in overcrowded conditions during the 1913 Lockout.  

     

    The Laura Murray as 'Mary' in the Dublin Tenement Experience

     

    Laundry (2011)

    Laundry unlock the doors of the Gloucester Street Magdalene Laundry, where audience members witness what it was like in these institutions. 

    For more information about Anu, click here to visit their website.

     

     

    PALS - The Irish at Gallipoli

    Anu's latest work is called PALS - The Irish at Gallipoli.  It explores the stories of a battalion of young men who fought in Gallipoli during World War 1.  This immersive World War I experience, based on the events surrounding the campaign at Gallipoli in Turkey and inspired by the previously untold stories.

    Myles was joined by Lar Joye, curator of military history at the National Museum of Ireland, and Liam Heslin, an actor who appears in this new production. 

    Recovered Voices: The Stories of the Irish at War, 1914-15

    The National Museum of Ireland’s new exhibition Recovered Voices explores what happened to the 21,000 Irishmen who were already serving in the British Army when war broke out in 1914, and the other 47,000 who joined in the first few years of the war. 

    For more information, click here to visit the NMI website.

     

    About The Show

    Bringing the past to life! Discover how our world was shaped as Myles Dungan and guests explore events ranging from medieval times to the recent past.

    We want to help explain ourselves to ourselves. We will search out fresh angles on familiar topics, seek out the unfamiliar and will not shy away from bizarre or controversial issues. Our ultimate goal is to make The History Show the primary port of call for those with an intense or even a modest interest in the subject. We want to entice the casual and the curious to join us in celebrating the past.

    Our aim is to create informative, reflective, stimulating and above all, entertaining radio.

    So do join us on Sundays from 6.05pm for The History Show with Myles Dungan on RTÉ Radio 1.

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