Tuesday, 25 February 2014

JOHN LENNON’S LAST DAY has been invited to Berlin for 3 Days

Stephen Kennedy in Liverpool

JOHN LENNON’S LAST DAY  has been invited to Berlin for a number of performances at the ACUD Theatre.  It will be on over there on June 26th, 27th and 28th

This piece is the most complete account of John Lennon’s last day that has ever been presented.  It is a work of ‘documentary theatre’.  Basically, with the use of a single actor (Narrator), a simple stage space, some projected images and some very rare audio clips, this piece guides the audience through the strange and tragic events of John Lennon’s last day.  It is written and directed by Stephen Kennedy – and will be performed by Seamus Brennan.    

The play has previously been performed in Dublin at the New Theatre, the Odessa Club, Smock Alley and the Twisted Pepper; and it also sold-out the Black Box Theatre in Belfast; but this will be its first performance outside Ireland. 

Shelley Germeaux, from the John Lennon Examiner in New York, said of the piece:

“It is really, really, really good.  What I really like about it is that it’s accurate.  Most books and films are wrong somewhere along the line, and it drives me insane.  But this play gets everything right.”

“My work won’t be finished till I’m dead and buried – and I hope that’s a long long time.”  -Words spoken by John Lennon on Monday, December 8th, 1980 – just a few hours before his death.  

Seamus Brennan is an actor from Kilkenny in Ireland.  His stage work includes Christ Deliver Us! by Thomas Kilroy (Abbey Theatre) and his TV work includes Love/Hate.  Seamus has previously performed John Lennon’s Last Day throughout its sold-out run at the New Theatre (2012) and the Odessa Club (2013).    

Stephen Kennedy is a writer who has had his work published in the Stinging Fly, Books Ireland, Irish Times, Sunday Tribune, and many other publications.  Stephen has been shortlisted for the Hennessy XO Literary Awards and RTE’s PJ O’Connor Awards – and his plays have been performed in Ireland, the UK and the US.  His short play Lennon v McCartney was performed a number of times on the main stage of the Adelphi in Liverpool at Beatle Week in 2010.

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