The Act of Oblivion I & II: Laudabiliter & Surrender and Regrant
10th-11th February 2018 & 27th June 2018, Riverbank Theatre | 3rd August 2018, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, England
In the first production of 2018, Kildare Youth Theatre attempts to explore what happens when the colonised try to live alongside the coloniser. How is their shared history re-told?
In 1604, at the end of the Irish Nine Years' War, an Act of Oblivion declared that all "offences against the crown" committed before the King's accession were to be "pardoned, remitted, and utterly extinguished". But they were not forgotten.
Two short plays interweave and are told at the same time by two separate companies of young actors. In one, Charlie has organised the perfect New Year's Eve party in his campus accommodation, but his plans don't include the enigmatic Elliot who somehow seems to live there too, but not even Charlie knows how or why.
In the other play Sean has the house to himself when his parents go away and he organises a rehearsal of their Irish-speaking 'phunc-rock' band but Eoghan brings a new singer. From Estonia. Who doesn't speak Irish. But who has lots of money.
Both plays run their course through, across, and in-between each other, oblivious of each other. Can a settlement to share the stage be reached?