The first performance of Ex Libris was on 9 th March  2001 in the De Valera Library in the presence of the Minister of the Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Ms Sile De Valera, TD.

The second performance was a benefit performance and was held in the De Valera Library on 3rd November 2001.

To all the people who supported the cast of Ex-Libris in raising money for Homelessness and Young People in Need a word of thanks for your support, as we managed to raise £300 for a worthy cause.
Nathalie Leahy,


'The Famished Road' by Ben Okri.

'A Minstrel Boy with a Satchel of Books' by Dermot Foley.

The Diary of Anne Frank.

'Antigone' by Sophocles.

'St. Joan' by George Bernard Shaw.

'Freedom from Fear' by Aung San Suu Kyi.

'An Evil Cradling' by Brian Keenan.

'Against the Wind - A History of the G.A.A.' by Ollie Byrnes.

'Waiting for Godot' by Samuel Beckett.

'Cúirt an Mhean Oiche' (The Midnight Court) by Brian Merriman.

Original Material by Eleanor Feely:

'Déanta sa Gulag'.

(Simplicio - Colm Keating, Gan Anam - Dan O'Driscoll).

'An Féar Gorta'.

'Fascist Bootlegs'.

Freedom Candle Dance.

G.A.A. Movement - choreographed by Vaughan Walker.


Antigone – Anne Neylon

St. Joan of Arc – Teresina Griffin

Creon/Ladvenu – Dan O’Driscoll

Anne Frank – Michelle Greene

Vladimir (Waiting for Godot)/Gan Anam – Dan O’Driscoll

Estragon (Waiting for Godot)/Simplicio – Colm Keating

Aung San Suu Kyi/Madame Koto – Nathalie Leahy

Brian Keenan – Colm Keating

The Famished Road’ narrator – Alaba Williams

G.A.A. movement, players – The cast.

Lighting: Jonathan Kavanagh and Richie O’Leary

Set: Vaughan Walker and the cast

Sound Orchestra: Meadhbh Boyd, Siobháin Ní Chonchuir and Úna Ní Chonchuir

Director’s notes.

Where we go next: The performances will be extended after Easter 2001 to reach schools and public audiences in Ennis and elsewhere together with attendant fora, an information

desk re: libraries’ role in and a post-performance debate/question and answer session on issues raised by the texts used in the production.

Choice of material: The texts chosen centre on freedom (of thought, action, information) and conversely, censorship and incarceration. (I’ll be talking more about this later).