The Easter Rising in Dublin has been quashed. The Great War rages on. A new front is opening up near the River Somme in France and in a Wandsworth prison cell, three ‘traitors to the King’ contemplate their fate. Liam, an Irish Volunteer from the Dublin rising, Alfred, a deserter from the British Army, and Henry, a conscientious objector. What, if anything can they learn from each other?
Alfred Wood – Aidan Casey: A recent graduate of ALRA (Academy of Live & Recorded Arts). Aidan’s credits include ‘TEN’ (The Royal Court), ‘Is It Getting Cold in Here?’ (Theatre 503), ‘Friction’ (Documental theatre) and ‘Macbeth’ (Four of Swords theatre).
Henry Boyes – Benedict Waring: Benedict hails from East Anglia and spent childhood playing music. He now thrives in his type-casting of white collared gentleman. He is delighted to join the company and beyond this, appears as Lord Kitchener in Symphony to a Lost Generation, a holographic film on tour now. His Grandmother’s from Mayo.
Liam McEnroe – Shane Noone: Shane from Mayo is a graduate of the Drama Studio London. With numerous fringe theatre appearances to his credit, Shane was nominated for an ‘Off West End Award’ for best Best Male Actor in 2014
Martin McNamara is an experienced playwright. A winner of the BBC Northern Ireland/Tony Doyle screenwriter’s bursary, Martin was a member of the 2014 Royal Court Writers group. Martin has produced and presented original programmes for BBC Radio Four and written for national newspapers.
Producer /Director- Anne Curtis
Technical – Doug Johnstone
The writer and producer would like to thank the following: Dr Geoffrey Bell BA, PhD and Stewart McLaughlin – Museum Officer, HM Prison Wandsworth for providing us with invaluable historical research. Tessa & Rebecca at the Bread and Roses Theatre for their help and support.
Traitors, Cads & Cowards is part of Green Curtain Theatre’s “In The Shadow or the Shelter” festival of new writing.