One of the many events held during 2016 to honour those who took part in the Easter Rising 100 years before was a stage play From the Backbone Out, which told the story of Richard O’Carroll, a labour leader and a member of the Irish Volunteers.
O’Carroll who commanded an outpost in Camden Street, was fatally shot after he was captured by the infamous Captain Bowen-Colthurst, who the same day would murder the pacifist, Francis Sheehy-Skeffington and two journalists.
When they came face to face, Bowen-Colthurst asked O’Carroll if he was a “Shinner’? O’Carroll’s response was unequivocal, he replied, "From the backbone out!” Hence the title of the play, which premiered in Dublin’s Liberty Hall to a packed audience of 400 people in April. The play is the work of two young Dublin men -- Alan O’Brien and Patrick Ferris --and marked their debut into playwriting.
Alan is a poet, writer and part-time actor and has won a Slam Sunday event, as well as being shortlisted for the Maeve Binchey Travel Award in 2015. Co-writer Patrick Ferris has a degree in history and classics and has written "as far back as he can recall."
Now this dynamic duo has written (Alan) and directed (Patrick) an award-winning radio play Snow Falls and So Do We. Winner of the P. J. O’Connor Award 2016 (RTE), the play has been independently produced for the Internet. It has received wide acclaim, described by one listener as “Very Beckett. Kept me totally enthralled.” Other comments can be viewed on the link below.
Link to the play on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/greenember/snow-falls-and-so-do-we