Changed Utterly

Written by:

Joan Bryans

Cast Size:
12

Roles For:

  • Men: 6
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

20th Century
History
Ireland
Revolution

Length:

115 min.

Year Written:

2018

Synopsis:

1916 Dublin. The eve of a rebellion that will impel Ireland on its way to Independence. Constance Markievicz, third in command of the military, is ready, “Be the chances great or small”. The odds are indeed against them: a group of rebels will face 20,000 British soldiers. Constance is not your average rebel – born an aristocrat, rich, Anglo Irish, married to a Polish Count, she gives everything up for her country and its people.

We follow Constance in her transformation from rich playgirl to committed rebel. Watch as she and her fellow rebels battle against enormous odds to victory. All with conviction, yes, but also with songs, poetry and even a bit of fun. They are Irish after all!

All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born. (W.B. Yeats, Easter, 1916)

Characters:

Constance Markievicz, née Gore Booth, artist, poet, actor, suffragette, militant rebel

Eva Gore-Booth, Constance’s sister, poet and suffragette

Helena Molony; James Connoly’s secretary, very active in the Lockout, 1915 IWWU secretary after Delia Larkin,

Delia Larkin, Jim’s sister, secretary of the IWWU

Chicago May – Irish crook extraordinaire

James Connolly, socialist, nationalist, Commandant of the Dublin Brigade

Seamus Kavanaugh, Fianna Eireann boy and officer

James (“Big Jim”) Larkin, labour leader, founder of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, and IWWU

James Michael Mallin, Labour leader, Second in command of Irish Citizen Army, Commander of garrison at St. Stephen’s Green.

Sir George Maxwell, British Commander in chief

W. B. Yeats, Irish poet

Cecil Day Lewis, Irish poet

Bulmer Hobson (Belfast)

First Produced:

2019, Vital Spark theatre, Vancouver

Resources:

Changed Utterly is available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

There’s a lot of singing in this play – traditional Irish songs. A copy of the music for the songs can be obtained from the playwright.