Ottawa McGee Trial

The Trial of D’arcy McGee: A Play by Anthony Russell

Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and the Limelight Theatre Group are very happy to announce that the Newpoint Players will be back in Ottawa on Friday, April 12th, 2019 to perform their latest play: The Trial of Thomas D’arcy McGee, by Anthony Russell.

Hailing from the town of Newry in County Down, the Newpoint Players will be performing this hilarious and supremely historical courtroom drama for one night only in Ottawa, as they embark on their third Canadian tour.

On trial during the performance: the Irish-Canadian politician and a father of Canadian Confederation. Charged with treason, the battle of arguments for and against his innocence, conclude with the audience acting as the jury.

We invite you to join us on Friday 12th April 2019 at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, for this hilarious and historical courtroom drama. Please feel free to spread the word to your friends, families, colleagues, and Irish Community organizations and partners. We have attached an event poster, and we encourage you to share this event via your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media feed.

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The Trial of Thomas D’arcy Mcgee, by Anthony Russell
Friday 12th April 2019
Entrance to Brigid’s Well on Cumberland St.
The intersection of St.Patrick St./Cumberland/Murray St.
Doors: 7:00 pm  Play: 8:00 pm
Brigid’s Well Pub will be open as usual for pre- and post – play pints!  Food is available.

The premise is that Thomas D’Arcy McGee (1825 – 1868), Irish rebel and Canadian patriot, is called from the grave to answer, in the Court of History, the charge that he committed treason against Ireland and her people. The prosecutor is John Mitchel (1815 – 1875), an unrepentant physical force republican from both Young Ireland and the Fenians.  Sir Charles Gavin Dufy (1816 – 1903), former prime minister of Victoria, defends Thomas D’Arcy McGee against the charge of treason.  Both Lawyers have returned from the grave for the occasion.

John A. Macdonald (1815 – 1891), a founding father of the Canadian Confederation and its first prime minister is called as a witness for the prosecution. McGee’s long-suffering and loyal wife, Mary Theresa Caffrey (abt. 1830 – 1871) whom he married in 1847 is called as a witness for the defence.

All of the ghosts are aware of what has happened in the world since they entered the grave. The protocol of an earthly court loosely applies. An interactive performance, as the audience, acts as the jury and will cast their votes to determine the innocence or guilt of Thomas D’arcy McGee.


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