Jimmy Murphy’s compelling new play The Chief reveals the man behind the iconic historical figure of Michael Collins. Set against the backdrop of the Irish Civil War, it focuses on the problems facing Collins and the Free State Government as they attempt to build a new Ireland and overcome the vicious divide brought about by the Treaty. The play explores Collins’s intimate relationship with Kitty Kiernan, his dream for a united Ireland and his guilt at taking arms against former comrades. It reflects on the new Ireland that he imagined, alongside the tragic fate that Kitty Kiernan feared would soon overtake him.
The Chief marks the centenary of Michael Collins’s death in August 1922 and speaks directly to the Ireland of today. It appears just when the enduring question “will Ireland ever be united?” has moved to centre stage in Irish political discourse.
TOWN HALL THEATRE, Galway
Thu 8 – Sat 17 September (excl Sun 11)
Previews Thurs 8, Fri 9 & Sat 10 September, 8pm
Tickets €25/€22 Preview tickets €17/€15
TOWN HALL THEATRE, Westport
Tue 20 September
BACKSTAGE THEATRE, Longford
Thu 22 – Sat 24 Sept at 8pm