We are delighted to welcome back Richard "Humanity Dick" Martin on Sunday 19th January 2020 in the form of a one-man show performed by Sean Leonard.
International father of animal rights, celebrity duellist and rolling financial disaster, Colonel Richard “Humanity Dick” Martin M.P. (1754-1834) lived for much of his life at his beloved Ballynahinch Castle.
Seán's show is a riveting and greatly entertaining theatrical performance which was a sell out in January 2018. Since his last performance here Sean had four performances at Brighton Fringe Festival receiving a four star review from Broadway Baby, one of the UK's leading theater review websites. Closer to home at King House as part of the Boyle Arts Festival and Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna.
An extraordinary tale of deadly duels, contrary cousins, wayward wives, fiscal fecklessness, the birth of the RSPCA and a donkey in a courtroom, Richard Martin’s remarkable true story. The show, in which writer and actor Seán Leonard plays former master of Ballynahinch and King of Connemara, Richard Martin – and a number of other characters he met along the way – is a lively journey through his many, many adventures.
These included witnessing the outbreak of the American and French revolutions, becoming the most famous duellist in Britain or Ireland, killing his own cousin, becoming hopelessly bankrupt, going into exile in both France and Ballynahinch, his wife having affairs with Wolfe Tone and a wealthy Englishman, and being the international father of animal protection.
Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets begins at 17.30 on Sunday 19th of January 2020 and runs for two acts of 40 minutes each with a 15-minute interval, with tickets available for €10 per person or €70 including dinner in the Owenmore Restaurant after the performance. Overnight theatre evening with bed & breakfast and dinner in the Owenmore Restaurant and tickets to the show from €135 per person sharing.