RTÉ Radio 1 Drama On One

James's Story by David Zane Mairowitz

stories about stories about people telling stories..

James’s Story is a new play written and directed by the internationally acclaimed author, David Zane Mairowitz.

In James’s Story, an Englishman remembers a holiday to Dingle in 1968, while his memories are revised and re-animated by his friend, the Story Poacher.

Two episodes haunt James’s memory: A chance meeting with an old man; and a tense encounter in a local pub, coloured by legacies of the War of Independence. Only the Story Poacher can connect both events.

The play stars Stephen Rea as the Story Poacher.

James of the title is James Rooke himself, who reads his own story.

The drama was partially recorded on location in Dingle and features a host of local actors and musicians including Páidí Mharthain Mac Gearailt, Noel Ó Maoileoin, Pádraig Ó’Sé (Box Accordion) and dancer Tomás Ó’Sé.

The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee

James’s Story – Production Credits

Writer/Director David Zane Mairowitz

Stephen Rea (The Story Poacher)

James Rooke (as Himself)

Tom Macqueen (James as a Young Man)

Páidí Mharthain Mac Gearailt (The Old Farmer)

Richard Smallwood (The Lighthouse Keeper)

Róisín Dalby, (The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter)

Cristín de Mordha (The Barmaid)

Antaine Ó Séaghdha (The Young Boy)

Tomás Ó’Sé (Dancer)

Pádraig Ó’ Sé (Accordion)

Singers: Páidí Mharthain Mac Gearailt, Noel Ó Maoileoin, Maitias MacCárthaigh, Iarfhlaith Ó’Murchú, Boscó Ó’Conchúir, Pádraig Ó’Sé, and Marcus Mac Domhnaill

Contributors to the Documentary Sequences:

Jannette Uí Shúilleabhain, daughter of Eileen O’Connor,

Boscó Ó’Conchúir,

Sinead Joy, author of The IRA in Kerry 1916-192

Pádraig Ó Héalaí , former Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish at NUI, Galway

And from the archives, the voice of Rebel Leader Frank Thornton.

Translation was by Tristan Rosenstock and Kevin Reynolds

Sound supervision and Sound Design were by Damian Chennells.

Broadcast Co-ordinator: Jarlath Holland.

Producer: Kevin Brew

Series Producer, Drama On One: Kevin Reynolds.

Special thanks to, Áine Delaney, and Séamus Ó’Súilleabháin for participating in recordings for the programme.

First TX 8pm, 28 October 2018

The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee