Future doctors to sing songs of war and freedom

Pádraig Pearse - his poetry will be read as part of this show at NUIG.

Pádraig Pearse - his poetry will be read as part of this show at NUIG.

MORE THAN 40 medical students in NUI Galway will perform music and song from the first 20 years of the 20th century in a concert entitled War, Freedom, Love and Loss, in the Aula Maxima, on campus, on Thursday March 24 at 7pm.

A collaboration between the university’s English, School of Medicine, and Drama, Theatre and Performance departments, the show is the 'grand finale' to NUIG Arts in Action's A Nation Rising/Éire á Muscailt programme. It will feature actors from NUI Galway Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance in a dramatised production researched and narrated by Professor Sean Ryder, head of English, and directed by actor/writer/theatre director Caroline lynch. The music and songs are researched and directed by Carl Hession.

Three of the 1916 leaders - Pádraic Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Mary Plunkett - were accomplished poets and their poems will be read as part of the event, backed by music and song from the 1914-1916 period. The work of other poets, such as Eva Gore-Booth, who also responded to the events of the time, wil also be read.

Admission is free and the show is open to the public as well as students. For more information see www.nuigalway.ie/artsinaction

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