Awake & Sing Productions presents '100 MORE LIKE THESE'
During the three years of the American-Mexican war (1846-48) some 3000 immigrant soldiers deserted the American Army. More than 500 of these- mainly Irish - joined the Mexican side where, led by John Riley from Clifden, Co. Galway, they fought as The San Patricio (St. Patrick's) Battalion.
Although their sacrifice is often overlooked - or ignored - by history these days, huge numbers of Mexicans still hold the brave soldiers in high esteem.
Performed by award-winning actor Stephen Jones, the play tells the story of the San Patricio Battalion from the point of view of Thomas O'Byrne, who unwittingly finds himself caught up in the war while trying to escape arrest! Through his innocent eyes we experience the full horror of these historic events, and the terror that can come with trying to do the right thing.
The play's title is taken from a quote attributed to the Mexican leader, General Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna: "With a hundred more like these men of Riley's we could have won this war".
Written by Larry O'Loughlin
Adapted & Performed by Stephen Jones
The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. February 13th 8pm.
Praise for 100 MORE LIKE THESE
**** “Gripping… Excellent Performance… A hugely enjoyable one man play.”
– The Irish Mail on Sunday
“This moving testament to these forgotten heroes”
-The Sunday Times
“Jones in this performance is a force of nature”
- The Red Curtain Review
Praise for Stephen Jones' recent perfromances
“Exquisite may be an odd word to apply to a male performance but that’s what it is.”
- Emer O’Kelly, The Sunday Independent
“Stephen Jones… delivers another masterclass performance.”
- Chris O’Rourke, The Arts Review
“Jones’ performance alone, is worth the ticket price.”
- Meadbh McGrath, The Irish Independent