Smashing Times Theatre at Project Arts Centre
Witness – A Season of Smashing Times plays, readings and performance
Smashing Times Theatre is delighted to present, for the first time, a season of its work in Dublin at Project Arts Centre. It will include three plays, Testimonies, Thou Shalt Not Kill and Uprising, as well as a showcase reading of new work, over five days of visceral performance exploring stories of new beginnings and emerging from difficult situations. Each performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers.
Testimonies 5, 6 November 8.15pm
Dramatic monologues adapted from the experiences of people who have lost loved ones to suicide and from the experiences of people who have survived a mental health crisis. It contains a new piece by Paul Kennedy entitled Do Not Go Gentle which explores the changes in Irish society in recent years; the hypocrisy, the outrage, the fumbling attempts to come to terms with loss, and the cries for help that are so easily dismissed by those in power. Testimonies is presented as part of Acting for the Future, a Smashing Times project using theatre to promote positive mental health and run in partnership with the Samaritans and the Irish Association of Suicidology and supported by ESB Electric Aid Ireland. Performances followed by a post-show discussion with Karen Ward, Holistic Psychotherapist and guest speakers from the Samaritans.
Written by: Paul Kennedy and Mary Moynihan
Directors: Bairbre Ni Chaoimh, Ena May, Mary Moynihan
Cast: Annette Flynn, Adam Traynor, Margaret Toomey, Gillian Hackett
Thou Shalt Not Kill 7 November 8.15pm
An installation of ‘living theatre’ performances exploring themes of conflict, trauma and hope. Using the body as a site of performance, memory and emotion and centering on experiences of conflict in Northern Ireland, Thou Shalt Not Kill imagines the future through a remembrance of things past. Followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speaker Jim Arbuckle, Good Relations Facilitator, Derry/Londonderry.
Created by Mary Moynihan, Written by: Paul Kennedy
Directors: Mary Moynihan, Bairbre Ni Chaoimh
Cast: Fiona Bawn-Thompson, Adam Traynor, Cathy White
Uprising 8, 9 November 8.15pm
A fusion of text, movement and dance, Uprising is a multi-disciplinary performance exploring memories and experiences of war and peace in Northern Ireland and internationally and asks why do we kill for a cause, why do we die for a cause? Based on the company’s commitment to perform new work, Uprising is drawn from research, interviews, speeches, poems, archive video material and new writing and uses visceral movement, dance and text to explore personal memories and experiences of war and peace and the struggle between peaceful non-violence and physical force political violence. Performances followed by post-show discussions with the artists and invited guest speakers Jim Arbuckle and Valerie Bistany, Good Relations Facilitators.
Scripted by: Tara McKevitt, Devised by: Smashing Times Theatre
Director: Mary Moynihan
Cast: Mark Flynn, Paul Nolan, Evelyn Shaw, Margaret Toomey, Adam Traynor
Showcase Reading of New Work 9 November, 2pm
Reading of new work in progress from playwrights Gerard Humphreys, Mary Moynihan and Sinéad O’Loughlin.
Tickets and Booking:
Testimonies Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 November, 8.15pm Schools Performance Friday 8 November 11am
Admission Free, Booking Required. Suitable age 15+
Thou Shalt Not Kill Thursday 7 November, 8.15pm €15 / €12
Uprising Friday 8, Saturday 9 November, 8.15pm €15 / €12
Showcase Reading of New Work –Saturday 9 November, 2pm €5
BOOKING: (+353 1) 881 9613 or www.projectartscentre.ie
Project Arts, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2