Smashing Times Theatre at the East Belfast Arts Festival

Published On 9 August, 2013 | Plays, Projects, Seminars



Smashing Times Theatre Company is delighted to be part of this years East Belfast Festival where it will perform Thou Shalt not Kill on the 29th August and host a Storytelling Workshop on the 31st August as part of The Memory Project. This project is run by Smashing Times Theatre Company in partnership with Corrymeela Community and in association with CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet) and the University of Ulster INCORE International Conflict Research Institute. The project is funded through the EU’s PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Thou Shalt not Kill
Thou Shalt not Kill was commissioned by Smashing Times Theatre Company. It is presented in the form of ‘living theatre’ installations to explore themes of conflict and trauma. Using the body as a site of performance, memory and emotion and centering on peoples’ experience of living in Northern Ireland, Thou Shalt not Kill imagines the future through a rememberance of things past and explores themes of trauma, conflict, forgiveness and moving forward.

  • Created by Mary Moynihan
  • Written by Paul Kennedy
  • Performed by Fiona Thompson, Adam Traynor and Cathy White
  • Directed by Mary Moynihan and Bairbre Ni Chaoimh
  • Date/Time: Friday 29th August 2013, 7.30pm
  • Venue: Black Box, BMC Tower Street Campus, Tower Street East Belfast

Storytelling Workshop through Music and Theatre
Smashing Times Theatre Company will hold a one-day participative workshop using music and theatre to explore personal memories and experiences of living through and remembering the conflict in Northern Ireland. Working with a musician and theatre facilitator, participants can experience taking part in theatre games, music and exercises to collectively share stories. Participants are encouraged to tell stories in their own unique way so that what is personal to the speaker touches something universal in the listener. No experience of music, drama or storytelling is necessary and the workshops are open to all. The focus is on discovering and sharing our stories.

A section of the Storytelling Workshop will be recorded on film for inclusion in a television documentary. As part of The Memory Project, Smashing Times Theatre Company is making a television documentary showing how the creative processes of drama and theatre can be used to explore memories and experiences of conflict and to promote peace and non-violence.

  • Date/Time: Saturday 31August 2013, 7.30pm
  • Venue: East Belfast Community Development Agency and Templemore Avenue School Trust, East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue, Belfast BT5 4FP

Facilitated by Fiona Bawn Thompson and Sean Millar

There is no charge for Thou Shalt Not Kill or The Storytelling Workshop. Please contact Smashing Times on 00353(0)18656613 or


Due to issues with the venue we have unfortunately had to postpone our Storytelling Workshop due to take place in East Belfast Arts Festival this weekend. We are working hard to reschedule another Belfast workshop and will post details soon.



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