Round out your Performance on Screen theatre experience with our Theatre @ Home Kit! Enjoy podcasts, articles, books, and more, all around the theme of the performance!
Use before, during, or after the show to further the experience!
WHAT TO READ:
Angela’s Ashes: The Musical is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning and #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela’s Ashes. Frank McCourt’s first memoir, narrates his life growing up in poverty in County Limerick, Ireland.
‘Tis: A Memoir picks up where McCourt ended Angela’s Ashes. The book narrates his struggle to gain a foothold in New York. It is about his pains of growing up, self-discovery, and independence as an Irish-American immigrant.
WHAT TO WATCH:
Check out this interview of Frank McCourt on Late Night with Conan O’Brien from 1998. McCourt talks about his memoirs, his life in America, Irish Rep and The Irish… and How They Got That Way.
Angela’s Ashes the movie (based on the memoir) was brought to life on screen in 1999. Directed by Alan Parker, the film follows the experiences of a young Frank McCourt as he and his family navigate through life in Limerick, Ireland.
WHAT TO LISTEN TO:
NPR’s Terry Gross reflects back on Frank McCourt’s interview when he was on Fresh Air in 1996.
Listen to the original cast recording of The Irish…and How They Got That Way. Written by Frank McCourt, the musical first premiered at Irish Rep in 1997.
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK:
Raise your spirits and a glass to Frank McCourt!
Make a special McCourt Gloom Lifter cocktail! Inspired by the McCourt Cocktail at the Savoy Hotel London, this drink is the perfect celebration of Frank McCourt and Irish Rep!
2 oz Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Simple Syrup (a water and sugar mix)
1 tsp. Brandy
Dash of grenadine
Mix together and enjoy!
Enjoy an Irish classic: Ham and Cabbage dinner!
The city of Limerick, Ireland — where Frank McCourt lived and where Angela’s Ashes is set is nicknamed ‘Pigtown’. The production of ham and bacon provided employment for thousands of families in the city.
The book Pigtown – A History of Limerick’s Bacon Industry by Ruth Guiry was published in 2016 highlighting one of Limerick’s defining industries.
The reputation of Limerick ham resonates with its residences and former workers to this day!
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