Roscommon actor Jarlath stars in ‘The Chief’ at Backstage Theatre

Decadent Theatre brings audiences a brand new play, entitled ‘The Chief’, from Jimmy Murphy, author of The Kings of The Kilburn High Road.

Roscommon actor, Jarlath Tivnan, took to the stage in Galway recently alongside a stellar cast which received rave reviews from audiences. This week the ensemble take to the stage in Backstage Theatre, Longford for a three-night run.

Premiering alongside the 100-year anniversary of Michael Collins’ passing, ‘The Chief’ reveals the man behind the iconic historical figure.

Set against the backdrop of the Irish Civil War, it focuses on the problems facing Collins and the Free State Government as they attempt to build a new Ireland and overcome the vicious divide brought about by the Treaty.

The play explores Collins’ intimate relationship with Kitty Kiernan, his dream for a united Ireland and his guilt at taking arms against former comrades. It reflects on the new Ireland that he imagined, alongside the tragic fate that Kitty Kiernan feared would soon overtake him.

‘The Chief’ marks the centenary of Michael Collins’ death in August 1922 and speaks directly to the Ireland of today. It appears just when the enduring question ‘Will Ireland ever be united?’ has moved to centre stage in Irish political discourse.

The Chief comes to Backstage Theatre in Longford from this Thursday (22nd) to Saturday (24th) at 8 pm. TIckets available on 043-3347888 or