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2016 marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, known as "the poets' rebellion", for among their leaders were university scholars of English, history and Irish. The ill-fated revolt lasted six days and ended ignominiously with the rebels rounded up and their leaders sentenced to death. The signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic must have known that the Rising would be crushed, must have dreaded the carnage and death, must have foreseen that, if caught alive, they would themselves be executed. Between 3 and 12 May 1916, the seven signatories were among those executed by firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol. Now 100 years later, eight of Ireland's finest writers remember these revolutionaries in a unique theatre performance. The forgotten figure of Elizabeth O'Farrell - the nurse who delivered the rebels' surrender to the British - is also given a voice. Signatories comprises the artistic responses of Emma Donoghue, Thomas Kilroy, Hugo Hamilton, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Marina Carr and Joseph O'Connor to the seven signatories and Nurse O'Farrell.They portray the emotional struggle in this ground-breaking theatrical and literary commemoration of Ireland's turbulent past. A performance introduction on the staging of the play is given by Director Patrick Mason, and an introduction by Lucy Collins, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, sets the historical context of the play.
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'The reader is brought right into these gloomy cells lit by guttering candles as the doomed men question their decisive role in what now can seem like a suicidal folly ... Each of the writers provides a striking picture of these last hours ... Signatories was a gamble. Letting modern writers do voyeur in Kilmainham's condemned cells could have been an embarrassment. But these are good writers and it worked.' The Irish Catholic, 7 July 2016 '... we are in the guiding hands of some of Ireland's greatest writers, who take us back to the living, breathing, bloody streets of Dublin at Easter 1916 ... As a series of monologues, Signatories allows for a tightly-focussed re-imagining of the revolutionary - even fanatic - mind, as well as its doubts and dedication to a cause.' Evening Echo, 22 July 2016 'Signatories is a beautifully designed book to treasure and pass on ... [it] is a unique theatrical and literary commemoration of a pivotal moment in Ireland's turbulent past.' The Irish Voice, April 2017

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Emma Donoghue: Donoghue was born in Dublin and graduated from UCD with BA in 1990 and received her PhD from the University of Cambridge. She received an honorary DLitt from UCD in 2011. Her first full-length feature film, Room (adapted from her international bestselling novel, shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes), has won her Best Scriptwriting nominations for the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards and the BAFTAs. Playwright, literary historian, novelist and screenwriter, other works include Frog Music (2014), The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits (2002), Landing (2007), Slammerkin (2000) and Touchy Subjects (2006). Donoghue writes the monologue for Nurse Elizabeth O'Farrell. Thomas Kilroy: Kilroy was born in Callan, Co Kilkenny and graduated from UCD with BA in 1956, HDipEd in 1957 and MA in 1959. He is a prize-winning novelist and playwright. He has received an Irish Times Special Tribute Award for his contribution to theatre and a Pen Ireland Award for Literature. He is Professor Emeritus of Modern English at NUI Galway and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is a member of the lrish Academy of Letters, the Royal Society of Literature and Aosdana. His writing includes Death and Resurrection of Mr Roche (1969) and The Big Chapel (1971). Kilroy writes the monologue for Padraig Pearse. Hugo Hamilton: Hamilton is best known for his memoir The Speckled People (2003), which tells his German- lrish story of growing up in Dublin in a 'language war', with an lrish speaking father who forbade the use of English and a German mother who came to Ireland in the aftermath of World War 2. His latest play The Mariner (2014) is an original drama based on the enigmatic figure of his own grandfather. His most recent novel Every Single Minute (2014) is a fictional account of a journey to Berlin which the author made in 2008 with his fellow lrish writer and memoirist, Nuala O Faolain. He is a member of Aosdana and has lectured in Creative Writing at UCD. Hamilton writes the monologue for James Connolly. Frank Mcguinness: McGuinness was born in Buncrana, Co Donegal and graduated from UCD with BA in 1974 and MPhil in 1976. As well as his own works, which include The Factory Girls (1982), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme (1985), Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (1992), Dolly West's Kitchen (1999) and The Hanging Gardens (2013), he is recognised for a strong record of adapting literary classics, having translated the plays of Racine, Sophocles, Ibsen and Strindberg to critical acclaim. He previously lectured at the University of Ulster and at NUI, Maynooth. A member of Aosdana, Frank McGuinness has been Professor of Creative Writing in UCD since 2007. McGuinness writes the monologue for Eamonn Ceannt. Rachel Fehily: Fehily was born in Dublin and is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, The Kings Inns and received her MA in Creative Writing from UCD in 2014. She has practised as a Barrister and Mediator and is particularly interested in conflict resolution. She had contributed widely to the media on the subjects of law, relationship breakdown, mediation and conflict resolution. Her work includes Split: True Stories of Relationship Breakdown in Ireland (2011), Break Up, Don't Crack Up: A Positive Plan for Your Separation or Divorce (2012) and Managing Litigation for your Business (2013). She recently produced, researched and directed the film project The Descendants: Memory, Representation, Legacy with The Council of the Bar of Ireland as part of the Four Courts 1916 Commemorations. Fehily writes the monologue for Thomas Clarke. Eilis Ni Dhuibhne: Ni Dhuibhne was born in Dublin and graduated from UCD with BA in 1974, MPhil in 1976 and PhD in 1982. She is an Irish novelist and short story writer in both Irish and English. She has taught Creative Writing in UCD, Trinity College, the Faber Academy, the Irish Writers' Centre and other institutions. Her writing includes The Dancers Dancing


Contents: Introduction (Lucy Collins); Director's Notes (Patrick Mason); Nurse Elizabeth O'Farrell (Emma Donoghue); Padraig Pearse (Thomas Kilroy); James Connolly (Hugo Hamilton); Eamonn Ceannt (Frank McGuinness); Thomas Clarke (Rachel Fehily); Sean MacDiarmada (Eilis Ni Dhuibhne); Thomas MacDonagh (Marina Carr); and Joseph Mary Plunkett (Joseph O'Connor).