Why theatre truly is the crucible of Irish politics
Sometime in spring, a hundred years ago, Charlie Ball got a white feather in the post – a symbol of cowardice.
Ball worked at the Botanic Gardens, where many of his colleagues had already signed up for “Kitchener’s Army”. Shortly afterwards, he followed them.
In August 1915, he shipped out from Collins Barracks in Dublin to Gallipoli. In the trenches, he dug out seedlings and sent them back to the Botanics. He was killed in action that September.
Ball’s story is one of those told in a pioneering piece of theatre that opens...
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