Clonmel Junction Arts as part of ART23 will produce a large-scale, site-specific theatre production commemorating Kickham Barracks, the Irish Defence Forces and their role in international peace-keeping with the United Nations.
1914. 1970. 2012.
Three generations, one barracks.
Kickham Barracks has been the heartbeat of the town of Clonmel for generations. In 1914, two local teenagers head abroad to fight in World War One, with hopes of a better future for Ireland. Decades later, the barracks is busy training up soldiers to serve abroad on peacekeeping missions. In 2012, the wives and partners of the soldiers, and the people of Clonmel, are forced to fight for the survival of the barracks. An evening of riveting drama, poignant history and enchanting music and song
1914 Young men head to fight in World War 1 as part of the Royal Irish Regiment.
1970 In the Lebanon, Irish soldiers are deployed to the peacekeeping forces of the United Nations.
2012 12th Infantry Battalion wives and families campaign to keep Kickham Barracks operational.
From Out The Land traces the journey of over a hundred years in Clonmel's military life, Inspired by the experiences of Irish soldiers and their families.
Directed by Jack Reardon. The creative team includes Co-Author Áine Ryan (Kitty In The Lane), Jack Scullion (set & costume design), Eoin Lennon (lighting design), Shane Dempsey (movement), Michael Stapleton ( sound) and Kate Twohig (original composition).
Cast: Liz FitzGibbon, Éanna Grogan, Dylan Kennedy Ciara Laste, Julie Maguire, Cathal Ryan and Darragh Shannon.
Please note that this play deals with themes of loss, grief and trauma, relevant to its subject matter. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a more in-depth explanation.
Statement from Clonmel Junction Arts Festival
“A town is humbled silent, they wipe their tears away”
The opening lines of Kate Twohig’s song that begins From Out The Land seems particularly apt as we come to terms with the deep grief and sadness felt by all of us here in Clonmel” says Clíona Maher, Director of Clonmel Junction Arts Festival and Producer of From Out the Land.
In light of the tragedy in our town, and as a mark of respect to Zoey, Grace, Luke and Nikki, we are cancelling the Thursday (31st), Friday (1st) and Saturday (2nd) performances of From Out The Land. The box office is closed for our performance on Sunday 3 September.
Many of our team and our performers are personally impacted by the tragedy and we’re focusing on being there for each other in this very difficult period.
Clonmel Junction Arts Festival and the FromOut The Land team would also like to acknowledge the support of The ArtsCouncil / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media through the ART:2023 Open Call award, as well as Tipperary County Council and RTE Supporting The Arts.