“The whole game seems tae have changed… or maybe it isn’t so much that they have changed. Maybe it’s just that I’m startin’ tae see things in a different light?”
Gerry Moynihan’s new play Continuity, a forensic examination of the soul of an Irish ‘freedom fighter,’ premieres at London’s Finborough Theatre next week.
Commissioned by the Finborough, and originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant 2016 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, Continuity stars Paul Kennedy.
Pádraig Devlin is a dissident Irish Republican, who begins to have doubts about his commitment to The Cause after he meets and falls in love with a woman from Barcelona.
Soon after meeting her, Pádraig botches three assignments in a row. The other members of his terrorist cell decide to test the love-struck Pádraig’s commitment.
Has falling in love really weakened the resolve of a man determined to re-ignite the struggle for Irish freedom, and whose Republican credentials are beyond reproach?
And just exactly what kind of test do they plan to set him? And how will Pádraig react when he discovers that he’s being tested…
Continuity is the story of a man who begins to question everything he has ever fought for – and marks a stunning debut from a new playwright.
Paul Kennedy plays Padraig. His theatre credits include Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Headlong Theatre and National Theatre of Ireland – Abbey Theatre), Macbeth (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Scarborough (Prime Cut), Planet Belfast (Tinderbox), Carnival, This is What We Sang and Those You Pass on the Street (Kabosh Theatre), Rat in the Skull, Flight and Re-Energise (The Playhouse, Derry).
He wrote and directed the film Made in Belfast. Television includes The Fall, Line of Duty, Millie Inbetween, Occupation, Give My Head Peace, Best: His Mother’s Son, Wodehouse in Exile, Ripper Street, 6degrees, The Wipers Times, Scoop , Game of Thrones, Saving The Titanic, The Secret, The Woman in White and The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Playwright Gerry Moynihan was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1966. His first piece for theatre, a short play entitled Skiver, was staged at the Brockley Jack Theatre.
His full-length play Cailleach Óg won The Blackshaw Theatre’s New Writing Night Award last year and had its premiere at The Pleasance Theatre in March 2017.
Gerry is an alumni of the Finborough Theatre’s ‘Introduce Yourself’ initiative as part of Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights.
Continuity is directed by Shane Dempsey who returns to the Finborough Theatre where he directed the epic The Non Stop Connolly Show in 2016.
Continuity runs on Sunday /Monday nights and Tuesday matinees until August 15.