Humanity Dick - one man show for The King's Head

After Galway show Humanity Dick heads to Brighton

Seán Leonard as 'Humanity' Dick martin MP.

Seán Leonard as 'Humanity' Dick martin MP.

HUMANITY DICK, a hit show of the 2016 Galway Fringe Festival about the colourful life and times of Galway MP, humanitarian, and serial duelist Richard Martin, will be performed in The King's Head.

Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets, written and performed by Seán Leonard, is in The Ruby Room in The King’s Head on Thursday May 3, after which it travels to England for its UK premiere at the Brighton Fringe festival.

Richard 'Humanity Dick' Martin (1754 - 1834 ) was landlord of Connemara, a celebrity duellist, an MP, founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a cuckolded husband, a bankrupt, and an exile. He was feared and jeered in equal measure, but always held his honour and the welfare of animals, no matter the cost. He lived much of his life at Ballynahinch Castle.

As Martin, Seán recounts scenes from a life of deadly duels, killing his own cousin, exile in France and Ballynahinch, his wife having affairs with Wolfe Tone, financial failure, parliamentary persistence, and, famously, a donkey in a courthouse.

Doors are at 7.30pm. Tickets are €8 and available on the door.

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