Third Line all ears for storyteller Niall de Burca
“Young people can’t listen anymore” was a remark made recently at a social gathering to storyteller Niall de Burca. He didn’t agree. Third Line also proved that the statement was an untruth as all ears were tuned to de Burca’s night of storytelling before the Easter holidays.
He transported his Elements audience from the Green Room venue to the sweltering smiling streets of Mumbai for encounters with the Indian Gods, to Galway and a hotel where a monster of terror made a meal of guests and then down memory lane with The Scarlet Pimpernel, the most memorable book of de Burca’s teenage years.
Rudiments were transported back 100 years to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the effect it had on the lives of individuals bringing to life again Gavrilo Princip, the assassinator, George Edwin Ellison and Henry Gunther, the last British and American soldier respectively to die in action during World War 1 and a host of other individuals from Austria to Dublin to America who found themselves involved in World War 1.
His follow on story was less sombre and indeed less factual though set during the Irish famine. Horrific yet comically told, the story of the man who ate himself in the Wicklow Mts and proceeded then to chase his wife in his skeletal form had the boys cringing one minute and uproariously laughing the next.
These young people of Clongowes were listening – intently. Niall de Burca take a bow! Thanks again for another great evening of entertainment.