Violet Gibson; The Woman Who Shot Mussolini

Saturday 08th June 2024
Location: Watergate Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny. R95 D320
Step into the fascinating world of The Honourable Violet Albina Gibson in this captivating one-woman play, written and performed by Alice Barry. Born into privilege in Dublin, Ireland, in 1876, Violet’s life took a dramatic turn when she attempted to assassinate Italy’s fascist leader, Mussolini, in 1926.
Violet, nearly fifty years old at the time, confronts Mussolini in the Piazza del Campidoglio, aiming to change the course of history with a single shot. Experience the tension as we delve into the complexities of Violet’s mind as she vehemently defends her sanity. With powerful storytelling and poignant portrayal, this theatre piece sheds light on the enigmatic figure of Violet Albina Gibson and the events that shaped her destiny.

Don’t miss this thought-provoking exploration of a woman who dared to defy the odds and challenge the status quo in a turbulent era. Join us as we unravel the mystery of Violet’s motivations and the enduring legacy of her courageous act.
… a visionary espousing a more dramatic, interesting and influential role for women in society….observational pearls too, strung together by a very particular and engaged performance of an interesting woman who has been rescued from some of the dustier pages of history.
Liam Heylin, Evening Echo
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