All theatre and history lovers, don’t forget to put this date and event in your diary – for one night only.
The tragic story of Australia’s folk hero, Ned Kelly and the judge who hanged him. A musical drama by Felix Meagher (with additional music by Lou Hesterman and Cyril Moran) about the trial and execution of Ned Kelly in November 1880.
Barry Versus Kelly focuses on the confrontation between Ned and the Judge, Sir Redmond Barry. Barry, whose harsh sentencing of Ned's mother Ellen sparked the Kelly Outbreak, is haunted by Ned's last words to him." I will see you where I go." Barry is fiercely determined to see Irish rebels like Ned Kelly punished, but he fears he might be making a martyr out of Ned. Declining in health and suffering delusions, Barry wrestles with his conscience and the fears that his family in Ireland sees him as a traitor.
Meanwhile Ellen Kelly, on the day before the hanging, sings to Ned that he is the Loyal Son. Barry finally signs the papers that condemn Kelly and in a dying speech asks that his family be told that "I took a rebel with me." Feedback suggests that over 137 years later, this might be as emotionally as close to the story as you can get.
Featuring the actors/singers: Ned - Anthony Penhall, Ellen Kelly - Cora Browne, Judge Barry - Felix Meagher, Governor of the Goal John Castieau/ Police Commissioner Standish - Colin Driscoll, Chief Secretary of Victoria/John “Red” Kelly - Matthew Hadgraft, Chloe - Lucinda Barratt Musicians: Cyril Moran & Lou Hesterman Come along to the National Vietnam Veterans Museum and sit under the wings of the Canberra Bomber to experience the unique atmosphere of watching an emotional performance with these talented performers.
$35 per adult or $30 concession and include a light supper.
Wine, beer and soft drink will be available at bar prices.
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