Gerry Conneely’s adaptation of Patrick MacGill’s anti-war classic ‘The Great Push’ runs at the Town Hall Theatre Studio this week.
While working as a migrant labourer in Scotland in the early 20th century, Donegal man MacGill wrote ‘The Children of the Dead End’, a searing novel on slum poverty in Glasgow. Following the breakout of WWI, MacGill believed that he could do for the ordinary soldier in the trenches what his novel of the previous year did for the poor of Scotland. While serving in France, MacGill contributed a series of articles on life in the trenches to The Telegraph newspaper.
On 25 September 1915, MacGill’s regiment, The London Irish, took part in the first of the great heaves on the western front, The Battle of Loos. ‘The Great Push’ is an account of his experience and that of his comrades.
‘The Great Push’ runs at the Town Hall Theatre Studio at 8pm from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 February. Tickets are available from tht.ie and 091-569777.