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Convicted on a Comma: The Trial of Roger Casement

Bloomsday in Melbourne

Event Date: 6 August 2016
Author / Presenters: Brian Gillespie/ Bloomsday in Melbourne

Event: Convicted on a Comma: The Trial of Roger Casement, a world premiere of a new play on Roger Casement, written, directed and narrated by Brian Gillespie, and it marks the centenary of his execution (3 August 1916).

Roger Casement is a figure who is central to the story of the Easter Rising, but also a man who strode the world stage as a courageous reforming anti-colonialist. How did a lord of the realm, and a passionate humanitarian and diplomat who changed the course of colonial history, come to be hanged in Pentonville Prison as a traitor? How strong was the case against him? Who defended him? What dark forces mobilised against him?

When: Saturday 6 August at 3pm and 7.30pm.
(Please note change of time for matinee, half an hour later than originally advertised).
Where: The atmospheric Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall, corner of Victoria and Lygon Streets (enter building via Victoria Parade)
(Please note change of venue. The original venue at Moonee Ponds was devastated by a fire on 26 June. Trades Hall is a replacement venue).
Cost: $30; conc. $25 (health-card holders and students); groups of six or more $25 per head.
Bookings: online or by phoning 03 9898 2900

On the centenary of his execution, let the Bloomsday Players cast light on this tragedy of the Easter Rising.

This event is proudly supported by the Embassy of Ireland Canberra, as part of its wide-ranging suite of commemorative events funded by the Irish Government’s 2016 Global and Diaspora Programme.

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