Sunday, October 09, 2005

Two changes are being introduced as the play begins: England is establishing free schools throughout Ireland, but subjects will be taught in English. And British soldiers are conducting a survey of Irish land, changing Irish place names to English. Historically, the survey was used to make British military operations easier in Ireland. Both actions were the beginning of the end of the Irish language.

The characters of Hugh (played by Bob Wells, one of Humboldt County’s best known actors) and Jimmy Jack (played by James Floss, another well-known local performer and director) represent the older generation, and the rich tradition of rural Ireland. In the midst of magical landscapes and the threat of poverty, they integrate the classics of western civilization into their daily lives.


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