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Does This Family Have the Luck of the Irish?
Image from artstheatrewestend.co.uk
When a country wins its right for independence, there is usually celebration; indeed, it is definitely something to be proud of. But just because Independence is a national victory, it does not mean that everyone in that nation wins.
During the Irish War of Independence, the 1920s saw many stately homes burnt to the ground. The aristocratic families who had lived there, suddenly found themselves homeless, and no longer part of 'the well to do' society.
A number of these families left Ireland to start a new life abroad, while others decided to stick it out in their homeland. The families that stayed were in for a rough ride. Society no longer had a place for them, and the 'common folk' didn't exactly welcome them with open arms.
In a new play showing at Arts Theatre West End, international playwright, Ann Henning Jocelyn, presents Only Our Own. She follows the story of an aristocratic family who has lost everything. Starting from the 1920s, she covers three generations, exploring how they cope with each era, and changing attitudes.
The play opens on the 8th of January, with tickets starting from £15. There will be a gala night on the 11th January, which costs £60, and includes a wine reception with food and a complimentary copy of the book. After the gala night, tickets to the 1st February are between £20-£29.50.