Event: Barry versus Kelly
Date: Friday 12th April 2019
Location: Gemco Theatre
Cost: $33 adult / $27 concession
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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 who 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.”
Ned – Anthony Penhall
Ellen Kelly – Cora Browne
Judge Barry – Felix Meagher
Governor of the Goal John Castieau/ Police Commissioner Standish – Colin Driscoll
John “Red” Kelly/Chief Secretary – Matthew Hadgraft
Chloe – Lucinda Barratt