A love story with a difference at Burnavon

The Burnavon, Cookstown will be the setting for a love story with a difference when the musical/drama Blood Upon the Rose takes to the stage on Saturday November 5 and Sunday November 6.

Written and directed by well-known singer/songwriter Gerry Cunningham and presented by The River Tall Theatre Company, the musical is based on the life, love and marriage of Grace Evelyn Gifford and Joseph Mary Plunkett.

The drama is set against a very turbulent period in Irish history, the 1916 Easter Rising and follows the intricate love story of this couple whose marriage took place in Kilmainham prison, Dublin the night before Joseph Mary Plunkett was executed for his part in the rising.

Gerry Cunningham said audiences will not be disappointed when they come to see the show, “A lot of preparation has gone into this production and hopefully it portrays a true story of what happened in those last few days of the rising,” he said.

A stellar local cast included Lauren McCrory as Grace Gifford and Daniel Donnelly as Joseph Plunkett alongside Brian Mills in his role as the iconic Pádraig Pearse.

Paul McNamee as Plunkett’s great friend and playwright Thomas MacDonagh will bring this dramatic story to life on the stage.

The performances are taking place as part of Mid Ulster District Council’s Remembering the Future programme exploring the significance of The Decade of Anniversaries (1912-1923), considering aspects of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

The show commences at 8pm.

Tickets are £10 and can be booked by contacting the Burnavon on 028 8676 9949 or online at www.burnavon.com.