2016 House Programs Ancient Rain - Page 3

POEMS ACT ONE ACT TWO Digging Seamus Heaney While Bleeding Doireann Ní Ghríofa Act of Union Seamus Heaney A Demonstration Jessica Traynor Easter 1916 W.B Yeats A Farewell to English Part Seven Michael Hartnett Memory of My Mother Patrick Kavanagh The Hungry Grass Donagh MacDonagh Ancient Rain (refrain) Jimmy MacCarthy The Mother Pádraic Pearse An Irish Airman Foresees His Death W.B. Yeats Ag Críost an Síol Micheál Ó Síocháin Set to music by Seán Ó Riada The Statue of the Virgin at Granard Speaks Paula Meehan By permission of Paula Meehan—Dedalus Press Originally commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre War Enda Wyley September 1913 W.B. Yeats Quarantine Eavan Boland Memory of My Father Patrick Kavanagh An excerpt from The Dead James Joyce Ancient Rain (refrain) Jimmy MacCarthy Ancient Rain begins with a spade digging earth and ends with snow falling through air. Earth, air, water and fire recur throughout. The fire of war, rebellion and religion; the air of longing for freedom and transcendence; the rain of blessing and nourishment, the repetitive rain and pain of history; the earth that holds men and women, parents, children, lovers and haters together in joy and sorrow, cruelty and kindness. Ancient Rain creates a delicate visual poetry through the simplest moments of staging. The music, which ranges from earthy to ethereal, empty to cacophonous, carries us with tenderness and brutality through this meditation on the cost of love, the price of independence, the inadequacy of faith and the power of forgiveness. BIOGRAPHIES PAUL KELLY Paul was awarded the prestigious JC Williamson Award at the Helpmann Awards in 2015. The award is given to an “individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australian live entertainment and performing arts culture and shaped the industry for the better.” Paul has come to be recognised and respected as one of Australia’s most accomplished songwriters and performers, with many of his songs now lodged deeply in the Australian psyche. He has been lauded as a poet and storyteller who captures the essence of what it is to live in Australia with all its complexities and foibles. He has recorded 20 studio albums, two live albums and several film soundtracks (Lantana and Jindabyne), as well as having written a critically acclaimed memoir, in an influential career spanning 35 years. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997.