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October 28 @ 8:00 pm 10:30 pm IST

Dundrum Town Centre
Dublin 16, D16 C5X6 Ireland
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Quintessence Theatre presents their thrilling new historical play titled The Curious Case of Albert Cashier: Lincoln’s ‘Lady’ Soldier, based on the extraordinary true story of the Irish Transgender American War Hero, Albert D.J. Cashier

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Ceara Carney
Leah Rossiter
Anthony Kinahan
Fiona Keenan O’Brien
Mark O’Reilly

Directed by Anna Simpson
Set, Costume & Projection by Els Borghart & Declan Kelly
Lighting Design by Colin Doran
Executive Producer Paul Hayes
Poster by Niall O’Brien
Devised by Quintessence Theatre

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“Lincoln wanted soldiers. I wanted excitement”                             

Belvidere, Illinois, 1862: A young Irishman, Albert D.J. Cashier, enlists with the Union Army in the Civil War and becomes a decorated hero. But unknown to his comrades, Private Cashier is waging an internal war all of his own. When he is fifty years a veteran and indiscreet doctor reveals to all of America that Cashier was assigned female at birth, born under the name Jennie Hodgers, from Clogherhead, Co. Louth, Ireland.

From that day on Albert’s greatest battle truly begins: for identity, selfhood, and truth.

In this original new play devised by the company, Quintessence Theatre use their innovative physical ensemble storytelling techniques mingled with multi-media of stunning projection and emotive music to dramatise the incredible true story of the Clogherhead-born Transgender soldier. 

Directed by Anna Simpson (a Creative Associate of the Pleasance Theatre, London, and Practitioner with Shakespeare’s Globe) this exciting, moving and often comedic production, unearths a gem of a tale about a forgotten hero of Irish history, and explores urgent modern questions around gender, self-determination, and human tenacity, paralleling the struggles of the transgender community today. 

Quintessence Theatre dedicates itself to exploring the human condition through the most theatrical means available: the actor themselves, their imagination, and embracing the live relationship between actor and audience.

The company is excited to announce that the original ensemble cast who devised the play are all back for the National Tour, including: Ceara Carney; Fiona Keenan O’Brien; Anthony Kinahan; Mark O’Reilly & Leah Rossiter.

The Curious Case of Albert Cashier: Lincoln’s ‘Lady’ Soldier was created in association with Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda & the National Tour is kindly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.

Tour Dates

Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Thursday 14  September 2023 – 8pm
www.droichead.com / 041 98 33946

Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Saturday 16  September 2023 – 8pm
www.watergatetheatre.ie / 056 7761674

Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Wednesday 20 September 2023 – 8pm
www.civictheatre.ie / 01 462 7477

Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan
Friday 22  September 2023 – 8pm
www.iontascastleblayney.ie – 042 9753401

Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co Cavan
Saturday 23  September 2023 – 8pm
www.ramortheatre.com – 049 8547074 

Garage Theatre, Monaghan
Thursday 28 September 2023 – 8pm
www.garagetheatre.com / 047 39777 

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Co Offaly
Saturday 30th September 2023 – 8pm
www.birrtheatre.com / 057 9122911

Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Monday 2 October 2023 – 8pm
www.tht.ie – 091 569777 

An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk
Saturday 7 October 2023 – 8pm
www.antain.ie – 042 9332332 

Theatre Royal Waterford
Thursday 12 October 2023 – 8pm
www.theatreroyal.ie / 051 874402 

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare
Saturday 14 October 2023 – 8pm
www.riverbank.ie / 045 448327

Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
Wednesday 18  October 2023 – 8pm
www.hawkswell.com / 071 9161518 

Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co Meath
Thursday 19 October 2023 – 8pm
www.solsticeartscentre.ie  / 046 9092300 

Nenagh Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary
Saturday 21 October 2023 – 8pm
www.nenagharts.com / 067 34400

dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin 16
Saturday 28 October 2023 – 8pm
www.milltheatre.ie / 01 2969340

Belltable, Limerick
Thursday 2 November 2023 – 8pm
www.limetreetheatre.ie / 061 953400 

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 8
Wednesday 8 – Saturday 11 November 2023 7.30pm
www.smockalley.com / 01 6770014

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Dundrum Town Centre
Dublin 16, D16 C5X6 Ireland
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