Free Theatre Training Symposium

Published On 24 May, 2013 | Latest News

Smashing Times Theatre Company


Theatre of Conflict: Clowning, Creativity and Peace building

 Two Day Theatre Symposium and Performances


 The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim

7 & 8 June, 2013

As part of Acting for Peace funded by the International Fund for Ireland

A two-day symposium using drama workshops, discussions and theatre performances to explore the intersection between clowning, creativity and peace building, and to promote equality, diversity and the coming together of different communities in mutual understanding and respect. Artists and speakers include Clowns without Borders, Veronica Coburn and Raymond Keane, Barabbas Theatre Company, Jim Arbuckle, Good Relations Facilitator, and Maria Mc Bride and Carol Walsh, Smashing Times Theatre Company. The symposium includes a theatre performance of Thou Shalt Not Kill on Friday 7 June, in the Dock Arts Centre and is open to the public. Events are free, booking required and lunch provided. Participants do not need to have any previous experience of drama to take part.

If you are working with a group and you feel they would like to attend please contact me to discuss it further. This will be a cross border, cross community event and we are particularly interested in any existing groups from the North of Ireland and the southern border counties of Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Cavan who may wish to attend.Group bookings should contact me for details.It is free to attend but places are limited so please  register soon. You can register online here  or call/email us to book in person 01-8656613 or

There is a limited amount of shared (twin) accommodation available free of charge. You can only apply for the accommodation by contacting Sinéad at:  sinead@smashingtimes or calling 01-8656613. If you have someone to share with you can give us both names, please note if your accomodation application is successful you will be sharing with another participant. Priority will be given to those travelling long distance.

This Symposium includes a free performance of Thou Shalt Not Kill which is also open to the public at 7.30pm on Friday June 7th in The Dock.


Installation of ‘living theatre’ performances by Smashing Times Theatre Company

Created by Mary Moynihan, Written by Paul Kennedy

Directed by Mary Moynihan and Bairbre Ni Chaoimh

Cast includes Cathy White and Fiona Bawn Thompson


Thou Shalt Not Kill is a creation of ‘living theatre’ installations that explore themes of conflict, trauma and forgiveness. Using the body as a site of performance, memory and emotion and centering on The Troubles, Thou Shalt Not Kill imagines the future through a remembrance of things past. Speaking of the production Mary Moynihan said: “These are powerful, dramatic performances that come from the soul, Thou Shalt Not Kill is an experience not to be missed.’’ Thou Shalt Not Kill runs for one performance only on Friday 7 June, 2013 at the Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-On-Shannon, County Leitrim. The performance starts at 7.30 and is followed by a post-show discussion with the creative artists and invited guest speaker.


There will also be a showing of Uprising. Uprising is a new installation in development. Using drama, theatre, music, physical movement and dance, Uprising asks why do we kill or die for a cause?

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