Wed 24 Nov - Thu 25 Nov

The Cause by Seán O’Deadaigh

Book now


The Glen Drama Theatre Group Banteer Presents
The Cause
by Seán O’Deadaigh

WED 24 – THU 25 NOV 2021
Live at The Everyman

The Glen Drama Theatre Group Banteer presents The Cause, an original and new work by a native son. Written by Seán O’Deadaigh, based on an adaptation of his screenplay Cause to Kill, The Cause is centred on the burning of Cork City in 1920.

The Cause is our story, our struggle – the birth of a nation from the ashes of a city.

The Cause is the dramatic telling of the days surrounding the single greatest atrocity of our War of Independence, the burning of Cork City, December 1920.

The plot revolves around the capture of a British Officer, Spencer Chapman, World War 1 veteran and member of the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary. His captors are members of Cork No.1 Brigade, Irish Revolutionary Army Captain Seán O’Donoghue and Volunteer Jamesy O’Mahoney. Over the course of the play personal histories and motives are woven into the relationships of the three soldiers. The clash of culture and ideology mixed with rage and passion makes for a potent mix of history and politics.

News from the outside is brought by Cumann na mBan members, Peggy Duggan and Katie (Birdie) Conway, and their stories heighten the tension amongst the men. The terrible toll that war and killing exacts is captured poignantly in Katie singing “Blood on My Hands”. With time running out for the British Officer Chapman, news of a further atrocity in West Cork reveals a hidden dark secret that seals his fate.

The play will feature an original score composed by Peter O’Sullivan.

This play is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Terence Mac Swiney 1879-1920.

“I am confident that my death will do more to smash the British Empire than my release” Terence Mac Swiney


Important information

Please note that as per current COVID 19 guidelines we will only be able to welcome patrons who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 6 months or minors accompanied by an adult. Please bring photo ID and proof of vaccination with you. Thank you for your cooperation.

Ticket from €18 Running time 90 MINS | PLUS AN INTERVAL

Age recommendation: 16+
Trigger Warnings: Strong language; Firearms; Other: Use of one gunshot

Book Now

Date Time Prices
2021-11-24 8:00 pm €20 | CONCESSION €18 Buy Tickets
2021-11-25 8:00 pm €20 | CONCESSION €18 Buy Tickets