Youngsters bring tale of child prisoners to the stage in their latest play

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 September 2017

Axmouth Children's Theatre, in a previous production. Picture: Contributed

Axmouth Children's Theatre, in a previous production. Picture: Contributed

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Axmouth Children’s Theatre are set to perform Paul Sherman’s ‘Kilmainham Kids - a play about the child prisoners of Kilmainham.

The group will be performing this short one-act play in Axmouth Village Hall, at 7pm, on Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16.

The shows are to raise money for both ACT and The Friends of Axmouth Church towards the tower repair fund.

Tickets are £5 each for adults and £2 each for U14 but the play is not recommended for young children because of the content.

Please be advised there are gunshots and smoke effects.

The play, written by Paul Sherman and directed by Malcolm Henty, was chosen as the first serious play the cast has attempted and has been rehearsed as a project over the summer holidays.

It tells the story of six children who are imprisoned in Kilmainham Prison (Dublin) in 1849.

Mr Henty said: “All of the children, apart from one Molly, actually existed and were imprisoned for the crimes mentioned in the play, the other Molly is the antagonist ‘or baddie’ and as such Paul did not want to associate her with anyone real, albeit historical.

“Another prisoner enters later in the play and he, like the children, existed and indeed was executed in the prison in 1916.

“His story is told as part of theirs with a twist at the end which links the two, but it is not a political play and seeks to take no sides just merely to tell a story.

“The crimes and prisoners are well documented in the prison’s historical records.

Refreshments of teas/coffee and cakes will be served after each performance.

For tickets contact Doris 01297 23847.

Funds raised by the performances will be split between Axmouth Children’s Theatre and The Friends of Axmouth Church, to be used for their tower repair fund.

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