Kildare actors to appear in iconic emigration play at Moat

Runs from October 9 to 13 at 8pm nightly

Conor McHugh


Conor McHugh


Kildare actors to appear in iconic emigration play at Moat

A scuffle breaks out - Gerry Kavanagh as Git, Padraig Broe as Jap, Pat Breslin as Shay and Conal Boyce as Maurteen in the Moat Club’s upcoming production of The Kings of the Kilburn High Road.

The play, Kings of the Kilburn High Road, is coming to the Moat Theatre in the coming weeks.

The play, by Jimmy Murphy, will feature several of Naas’s best actors -  Padraig Broe as Jap, Conal Boyce as Maurteen, Pat Breslin as Shay, Gerry Kavanagh as Git and Mark Neville as Joe.

Playwright Jimmy Murphy left Dublin to work on the building sites in London in the mid-1980s and was inspired to write about the Irish men he met there. The play he wrote was Kings of the Kilburn High Road. It was premiered by Waterford’s Red Kettle Theatre Company in 2000.  

It tells of Jap, Maurteen, Shay, Git and Joe; men who found themselves living in London longer than they ever had in Ireland, and who had given up their original plan to return home. Secrets are revealed and lies uncovered in a fog of alcohol as they gather to pay respects to one of their number who has passed away.

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“These are men from our recent history,” said Ann Hurley who directs the show at the Moat. “You will be shocked, sad and sorry for them.  This play asks us to face up to a part of our history that we would, perhaps, like to forget.  But it also gives us the opportunity to remember our Irish emigrants.”

Director Ann Hurley had the opportunity to raise any questions she had with the playwright when he visited the Moat Theatre over Culture weekend to see a Moat Club production of What’s Left of the Flag, one of Murphy’s short plays.

Kings of the Kilburn High Road by Jimmy Murphy, directed by Ann Hurley, runs from October 9 to 13 at 8pm nightly. Tickets on 045 883030 or at the Moat

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