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Aug 11 2016

Vikings v the Irish in epic Russian drama

Nikolay Gumilyov's Gondla comes to the Town Hall Theatre

GONDLA, AN epic tale of strife, poetry and revenge, between an Irish prince and the native Icelandic nobles, and set in ninth century Iceland, comes to the Town Hall Theatre on Friday August 19 and Saturday 20 at 8pm.

The play was written by Nikolay Gumilyov, a key figure in the Russian revolutionary arts scene. Husband of modernist poet Anna Akhmatova, he was executed by the Soviets in 1921. His play has been translated into English for the first time by Philip McDonagh, currently Ireland’s ambassador to Austria.

McDonagh also served as ambassador to India and Russia, among other postings, and between 1994 and 1999 worked at the Irish Embassy in London, where he helped to develop the Peace Process. Writing in the tradition of eminent Irish poet-diplomats such as Denis Devlin, Márie Mhac an tSaoi, and Valentin Iremonger, McDonagh has written three books of poetry - Carraroe in Saxony (2003 ), Memories of an Ionian Diplomat (2004 ) and The Song the Oriole Sang (2010 ).


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