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Irish language theatre company, Aisling Ghear, showcases new work in New York

Tuesday 17th May 2016 at 2pm

Aisling Ghear take off for New York with Alice Milligan - A Girl of Genius from Arts Council of Northern Ireland on Vimeo.

Video: From Belfast to Broadway, Aisling Ghear set off for New York production tour

Fresh from success at Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, local theatre company, Aisling Ghéar present their new show, ‘Alice Milligan – a Girl Of Genius’, at the prestigious Cuala Festival in New York this May.  

Cuala is New York City's first annual festival of Irish culture marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising and New Yorkers’ role in the Revolt.

Written by Susannah Mc Kenna, the unique one-woman show, directed by Bríd Ó Gallchoir and starring Diona Doherty, charts the extraordinary life of Alice Milligan.  Alice, a journalist, political activist, feminist, human rights campaigner, 'Cultural Ambassador' and theatre pioneer, was an icon of Ireland’s great renaissance of the late 19th Century.  Born in 1866, she was one of 13 children born into a middle class Protestant Unionist family in Co Tyrone.  She attended Methodist College in Belfast and then studied at King's College London.  She was hailed as the 'infant nurse' of the biggest Irish political movement in the 1920s and was a tireless human rights campaigner as well as an organiser of the Irish language movement in Ulster.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is supporting the showcase in New York.  Gilly Campbell, Arts Development Officer for Drama and Dance, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented;

“The Arts Council is delighted to support Aisling Ghéar at the Cuala Festival in New York.  This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase impressive home-grown work on an international stage to new audiences.  We wish Aisling Ghéar every success in New York.”

Aisling Ghéar presents three performances in English with a cúpla focal at the festival;

• 20th May, The Theatre Upstairs @ Route 66 Smokehouse, NY10004 @ 8pm
• 21st May,  An Béal Bocht, Bronx @ 8pm
• 23rd May, New York Irish Centre, Queens @ 8pm

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