The American Wake comes to Derry this Thursday

The American Wake, written and directed by award winning local playwright Eddie Kerr, will see the Cottage in the Craft Village filled with laughter and music this coming Thursday, August 18. (160811JC3)

The American Wake, written and directed by award winning local playwright Eddie Kerr, will see the Cottage in the Craft Village filled with laughter and music this coming Thursday, August 18. (160811JC3)

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Perhaps the most interesting custom that developed out of the wave of post famine emigration to America was the American Wake, a custom that was unique to Ireland. This Thursday, August 18, in the Cottage in the Craft Village you are invited to a re-enactment of the only wake without a corpse.

During the 19th century, many Irish people made very little difference between going to America and going to the grave.

Because of the distance and high mortality rates which affected Irish emigrants in large American cities, associating emigration and death was not unusual.

But this wake is different as it celebrates the folklore and custom of times gone by.

Offering a virtual feast of music, dance, song, storytelling and drama accompanied by your fill of Irish traditional food this is one ‘wake’ not to miss.

Written and directed by award winning playwright Eddie Kerr and featuring the fabulous folk group Failte, storyteller George Murphy, actor Michael Kelly and a host of singers and dancers and with scrumptious food direct from Cafe Del Mondo it is sure be a massive hit.

Director Eddie Kerr says he felt inspired to create The American Wake. “I do so much work on immigration - I thought it was important to do something about emigration and how people have left the city and helped build other countries.”

Starting at 8pm tickets for the two hour show, including food, cost £10 each. It is expected to prove very popular so, as numbers are limited, booking is essential.

For further details contact Cafe Del Mondo in the Craft Village or phone: 71. 366877.