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Drama On One Podcast: The Quare Fella by Brendan Behan Drama On One
Thursday March 20, 2014

Brendan Behan's masterpiece marks the 50th anniversary of his death. Behan’s play was perfectly poised: it premiered in November 1954, seven months after Michael Manning’s hanging in Mountjoy and seven months before Ruth Ellis’s capital sentence was carried out in Holloway. Both prisoners were executed by Albert Pierrepoint, perhaps the most prolific serial-killer Britain has produced, with 434 legal stranglings to his credit. Human sacrifice itself remained on the Irish statute books until 1992, two years before the Eurovision interval-performance that became Riverdance.An erudite man and no cartoon-drunk, the author of THE QUARE FELLA would have known that the theatrical form we call tragedy comes from the Greek tragodos, meaning the (death) procession of the scapegoat, and that the audience is therefore an accomplice to the cruelty it depicts. In the fiftieth anniversary year of his passing, in the era of the YouTube universe when videos of state atrocities receive millions of Internet hits, the transmission of his masterpiece is more than timely. Produced by Míchéal O hAodha (1956)Arthur O'Sullivan - DunlavinJohn Stephenson - NeighbourFrank O’Dwyer – 1st PrisonerCharles McCarthy – 3nd PrisonerEamon Keane – Young PrisonerLionel Day – Lifer/Singer/JenkinsonThomas Studley – Mixer/Mr. HealyEamon Kelly – Warder ReganJoseph O'Dea – Warder DonnellyNiall Tóibín – 1st WarderGeorge Greene – the GovernorChris Curran – the PrincipalBrendan Cauldwell – 2nd Prisoner/HangmanConor Farrington – the ChiefBrendan Burke – JuvenileLeo Leyden – JuvenileNoel Lynch – Young WarderLiam De Valley - SingerBrendan Behan – Singer (Old Triangle).