Roscommon - Strokestown

Strokestown House

Love and War in the Big house.


For Culture Night 2021, Enchanted Croi Theatre in collaboration with Strokestown Park House, brings you a unique spectacle of Digital Theatre and Live Outdoor Drama in the Walled Gardens of Strokestown Park.
In Strokestown Park Archive, a locked diary, and a bundle of love letters have been opened. Secrets, under lock and key for a century. This is the Story of Life behind the Demesne Gate during the War of Independence. Inspired to breathe life into archives, we are bringing people from the past back into the land of the living, within the very space where their stories unfolded.
Our “Lady Lazarus” is the formidable Olive Pakenham Mahon, the Lady of The Big House.
In our three part, Digital Theatre Performance we meet the Lady swinging on Life’s Pendulum of Love and Loss. We reveal Olive, a woman born into great privilege at a time of great change. Depictions of an affluent life-style and privileged status are often comical, but behind the façade we reveal a gentry class ‘living beyond their means’. Olive’s sense of security may be rattled by ambushes and intrigues outside her walls, but ‘regardless’ her views on her nationality and cultural identity are clear. Above all we learn that the great levellers of War and Death know no divides.

On Culture Night, the audience will be guided by the Lady herself through her Enchanted Garden, followed by an outdoor premier of our Digital Theatre Performance piece at the recently refurbished Greenhouse section of the Slip Garden.

Light refreshments and hot beverages will be made available on the evening from our mobile food pod. More details to be posted in advance on and

The assembly time will be 6.45pm at Strokestown Park House, with the performance beginning at 7 o’clock. The live part of the event will take circa 30 mins and after that patrons can take in the recorded part of the event at their leisure (on loops on outdoor screens) until close circa 9pm.

Supported by Roscommon County Council under the Decade of Centenaries Grant Scheme 2021.

Time: 6.45pm - 9pm

Genres: Theatre

Features: Family friendly / Wheelchair accessible

Address: Strokestown Park House and Gardens, Vesnoy, Roscommon, Ireland


Phone: (071) 963 3013

No Booking Required