‘Insurrection’ at Liberty Hall-Road to The Rising
All eight episodes of 'Insurrection', a television drama made by Telefís Éireann for the 50th anniversary of the Rising will be screened for the first time in 50 years.
Proceeds go to the Equity Actors' Benevolent Fund.
On the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising, Telefís Éireann produced a range of programmes about the events of 1916. Among these was ‘Insurrection’, an ambitious and groundbreaking television drama that has been stored in the RTÉ Archives for the past 50 years.
This eight-part series, broadcast nightly in 1966, told the story of the Rising as it might have unfolded had television existed in 1916.
As part of RTÉ Road to the Rising, a charity screening of the restored series of ‘Insurrection’ will be shown at Liberty Hall Theatre over a single day.
BOOKING: No Advance Booking Required, tickets on the door
Stay for one or stay for all – come and go as you please.
Introduction by historian and RTÉ broadcaster Dr. John Bowman.
EPISODE 1 (30 MIN): SUNDAY APRIL 23RD 1916
Roger Casement has been arrested. The Lord Lieutenant
of Ireland declares “there will be no rising.”
EPISODE 2 (30 MIN): MONDAY 24TH APRIL 1916
Studio presenter (Ray McAnally) announces that there has been
a rising in Dublin. Reporters describe the scenes.
EPISODE 3 (30 MIN): TUESDAY 25TH APRIL 1916
James Connolly interviewed inside the GPO. Francis Sheehy
Skeffington tries to prevent looting; taken hostage by Captain
EPISODE 4 (30 MIN): WEDNESDAY 26TH APRIL 1916
Sherwood Foresters attacked at Haddington Road.
EPISODE 5 (30 MIN): THURSDAY 27TH APRIL 1916
Death of Francis Sheehy Skeffington by firing squad
announced. Wounded James Connolly is carried into the GPO.
Patrick Pearse reflects on what losing will mean.
EPISODE 6 (30 MIN): FRIDAY 28TH APRIL 1916
Rebels evacuate GPO as British military close in.
EPISODE 7 (30 MIN): SATURDAY 29TH APRIL 1916
Rebels surrender and are gathered under guard at the grounds
of the Rotunda.
EPISODE 8 (30 MIN): FRIDAY 12TH MAY 1916
Kilmainham Jail. 13 rebels have been executed. James Connolly and Sean McDermott are next. As shots ring out within the prison
walls, Ray McAnally asks “The Insurrection is over or is it?”
Special thanks to Siptu for hosting this event.