Dublin Brigade’s 1st Battalion at the Four Courts was the last Volunteer garrison to lay down its arms in the Easter Rising. Having faced incredible odds all week the battle for North King Street did not end when Padraig Pearse issued an order to surrender. It was, for those who lived through it, an experience they would never forget.
Using spoken word and original music Chambermade Productions presents SIX DAYS, a highly evocative re-imagining of those incredible events. Based largely on the personal accounts of those who took part SIX DAYS will be performed by writer/director Frank Shouldice, whose grandfather was a sniper at the Jameson Malthouse in Smithfield. Frank will be accompanied by cellist Frieda Freytag whose signature pieces are composed especially for this performance. Soundscape design by Sean Higgins.
Complimented by stunning musical scores, the simplicity of the presentation makes this play very powerful while the intimate connection between the narrator and the story reminds us of the human connections between past and present life stories and allows moments of real humour.” Lord Mayor of Dublin, Allison Gilliland.
This initiative is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries programme.
Brings home with unforgettable force a very real experience of history” Luke Gibbons (Joyce’s Ghosts: Ireland, Modernism, and Memory)
- Writer/Director Frank Shouldice
- Composer/Cellist Frieda Freytag
- Soundscape Sean Higgins
- Graphic Design Alan Dunne
- Producer Johnnie Pierce
1916 – 2016
“Centenaries are for relatives — proper recognition obviously too late for the men and women who made it all happen. Did we ever really thank them? Did we thank them enough?” SIX DAYS
Frank Shouldice wrote Grandpa The Sniper, a memoir about his grandfather’s involvement in the Easter Rising and War of Independence. His debut film The Man Who Wanted To Fly won the Celtic Media Documentary Award and the IFI Documentary Film Audience Award last year. He has worked extensively as Producer/Director with RTE Investigates and his radio documentary The Case That Never Was won Prix Europa in 2016. He has also written/directed a number of stage plays, including The Mean Streets of Garradrimna, Marie Clare, A Few White Lies, Shift Work, Journeyman and others.
Frieda Freytag has performed and recorded with bands and singer-songwriters such as Dave Couse, Fox Owl Crow, Carol Faherty, The Southern Fold, Kellie Marie Reynolds, Garret Baker, Briana Corrigan and others. She is co-founder of cabaret band Marzane Meets Crocodile and founder of the Quaverberry Collective. Frieda played with the Dublin Orchestral Players from 2007-2010 as well as several chamber music groups. She is currently preparing her Teaching Diploma for Piano Solo Performance with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is also part of the wonderful Presto Project in Cherry Orchard.