Jim Nolans comical "Johnny I hardly knew ye" arrives at Kilkenny's Watergate Theatre

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Garret Keogh and Micheal Hayes in "Johnny I hardly knew ye"

The Waterford writer brings his acclaimed play to the Marble city this evening 

Jim Nolan’s new play, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye is a funny and richly entertaining, topical and provocative reflection on the Easter Rising Centenary Commemoration.

Set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Easter 2016, the privately-owned Inishshannon Chronicle has just been acquired by a media conglomerate and the new brush is about to sweep clean. As the newspaper’s staff struggle to adjust to the radical changes in the company’s structure and ethos, the town it serves prepares to celebrate a tenuous connection to the Easter Rising. The revelation that this connection is not quite what it seems puts the Chronicle’s editor on a collision course with both his new bosses and the local business and political community.

The play takes place tonight the 22 March at the Watergate Theatre