Distant Voices

Mortui Vivos Docent 
A reading of a short story by Barry McKinley
Looking for William  (Work-in-Progress)
A short film by Marc-Ivan O’Gorman
I Am Not Woodbine Willie
A short play written by John McKenna,
Performed by John Hickey
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1pm Friday 19th & Saturday 20th of September
T.B.A., 59 Dublin Street, Carlow
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I Am Not Woodbine Willie is a short piece of theatre based on the imagined life of an Irish priest who served in the First World War. Having read some of the writings of the Church of England chaplain Woodbine Willie (Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy), I wanted to write something that paralleled his life and wartime experiences. But I was also interested in touching on two other themes – the mental damage done to survivors of the war and the clinical academic interest that developed after the event.
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Looking for William: a work-in-progress is an extract from a film on the life and death of Silent Era Director William Desmond Taylor. Using performance, interviews, excerpts from Taylor’s own movies, along with archive footage, the film explores the mystery and passions behind Hollywood’s golden age.
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Mortui Vivos Docent playwright Barry McKinley reads his short story about the impact of a tragedy on a local school teacher. His debut collection of short stories, ‘Dangerous Substance’  will be published by Pillar International in early 2015.
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John MacKenna is the author of sixteen books (novels, memoir, poetry and short-stories) and a dozen stage and radio plays. His new novel Joseph will be published in October by New Island Books. He lives in Co Carlow
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John Hickey is a long standing member of Carlow Little Theater Society, recently appearing as Git in Kings of the Kilburn High Road, Andy in Lover’s Losers, Bull McCabe in The Field, Jockser in Juno, and Fluter in Plough on the Stars. This is his 3rd appearance in Taylorfest.
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Barry McKinley was nominated in 2010 for Best New Play, Irish Theatre Awards. He has written plays for BBC Radio 4 and RTE. He was shortlisted twice for the Hennessy Literary Award. His play, THE LAST CRUSADER, was staged in Dublin, April 2013
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Marc-Ivan O’Gorman is a writer and filmmaker with an interest in early Hollywood cinema; particularly the contribution made by the Irish to its development.
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