Zorro - the Irishman behind the myth

Was the Spanish-American fictional hero inspired by an Irish adventurer?

THE FICTIONAL hero Zorro was very likely inspired by the real life exploits and adventures of 17th century Wexford naive William Lamport who tried to foment rebellion in Mexico against the Spanish crown.

Lamport (1611–1659 ) was tried and executed by the Mexican Inquisition, but returned, in a roundabout way, to life, when Zorro debuted in Johnston McCulley's novel The Curse of Capistrano, which was serialised between August and September 1919 in the pulp magazine All-Story Weekly.

A new show, Zorro – Forgotten Son of Ireland, by Séamus Hughes (Jimmy’s Hall, An Klondike ) will explore the facts, the Zorro connection, and the man behind the legend. Billed as a "hilarious existential romp through time addressing life, memory, legacy and unchecked egos", it receives its world premiere in the Town Hall Theatre studio On Tuesday October 1, Wednesday 2, and Thursday 3 at 8.30pm. It is directed by Hughes and Jane Talbot,

Tickets are available via 091 - 569777 or www.tht.ie

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