MACALLA 1916 - An Echo of the Past... a Vision for the Future

MACALLA 1916 is a Suite of music that, while reflecting on Easter 1916, will also place it in the context of the history leading up to the Rising and how Ireland has developed since. The musical motifs will be:

  • The Famine in 1847 is seismic in Irish history – the music will take this as its starting point and how this influenced the periods of unrest for the next 50 years.

  • The Celtic revival at the turn of the Century – reflecting on the language, dance, music and literature.

  • The formation of the Gaelic League, the GAA and other Cultural Institutions and the revolutionary movement.

  • The First World War and the dichotomy in Ireland.

  • Easter 1916 Rebellion and the road to independence.

  • Ireland’s development through the ‘40’s and ‘50’s and our entry into the League of Nations.

  • The Northern Traditions and the dawn of reconciliation.

  • Ireland’s entry into the E.U. in the ‘70s and the influence Ireland has had on European and World Culture up to the present day.

Confirmed performances for 2016

  • Barbican Theatre, London, performance for the Diaspora: 4th March
  • RDS, Dublin, Ócáid Stáit do Ghaolta – State event for the relatives of those who took part in the events of 1916 : Easter Saturday 26th March
  • TLT Theatre, Drogheda: Easter Sunday 27th March
  • National Opera House, Wexford: 28th March
  • City Hall, Cork: 29th March
  • Limetree Theatre, Limerick: 30th March
  • Garage Theatre, Monaghan: 31st March
  • Garage Theatre, Monaghan: 1st April
  • Knocknaree Arena, Sligo: 2nd April
  • Millennium Forum, Derry: 3rd April