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Love the Earth – Changemakers Storytelling for ages 5 to 12

Love the Earth – Changemakers Storytelling for ages 5 to 12

October 16 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm IST

Lexicon Library, Queen's Road, Dun Laoghaire A96 H283 Ireland + Google Map
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Live performance of Love the Earth by Mary Moynihan, a Changemaker Storytelling performance for ages 5 to 12 adapted from GOAL’s Global Citizenship Education Resource, presented by GOAL NextGen and Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality.

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Amy Kidd, actor

Mary Moynihan, writer, director, theatre and filmmaker, Artistic Director of Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality

Franziska Detrez, director

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GOAL NextGen and Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality present a Changemakers storytelling session with a performance of Love the Earth by Mary Moynihan  inspired by three stories from GOAL’s Global Citizenship Education Resources, which aim to inspire a sense of global connectedness and oneness. 

Love the Earth is a Changemakers Storytelling session for ages 5 to 12 years and is adapted from three stories – The Water Princess, The Hummingbird and The Salmon of Knowledge. The Water Princess tells the story of Josie and her journey with her mother to get clean water. The story of The Hummingbird illustrates how, no matter how big or small we are, we can all make a difference. The story of The Salmon of Knowledge is a reflection on the importance of taking care of our oceans and planets. 

This is a  unique collaboration for young people by GOAL NextGen and Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality. Love the Earth was performed in Tent Beag Festival Quarter for the 2023 St Patrick’s Day  Festival, at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, on Saturday 18 March 2023, and at Bloom Festival, Phoenix Park from 1-5 June 2023 daily. Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and GOAL NextGen are now delighted to present this unique storytelling performance for young people for the 2023 Dublin Arts and Human Rights festival.

Artist Biographies:

Amy Kidd is an actor, writer and theatre-maker who trained at The Lir (BA, Hons Acting). Credits since graduating include: Aisling in ‘Paler, Still’ (Anseo Anois Theatre), Mary Shelly in ‘The Last’ (Different Theatre), Jess in ‘Love and Money’ (Brighton Fringe), Beatrice in ‘Inferno21: a modern reimagining of Dante’s Inferno’ (Verdant/The Lyric, Belfast) and the solo performer of the installation piece ‘You Can Leave At Any Time’ (Dublin Theatre Festival ’19). She has recently been awarded an Arts Council Agility Award to be mentored by Conall Morrison in the art of theatre direction, and her debut play ‘Breaking’ has been commissioned by Fishamble for production in 2024.

Mary Moynihan, (she/her), MA, is an award-winning writer, director, theatre and film-maker, an interdisciplinary artist and one of Ireland’s most innovative arts and human rights artists creating work to promote the arts, human rights, climate justice, gender equality, diversity and peace. 

Mary is Artistic Director of Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and works  collaboratively with artists and over 50 organisations across Ireland, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally, using the arts to promote rights and values for all.   Company patrons of Smashing Times are Sabina Coyne Higgins, Senator Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, Ger Ryan, actor and Tim Pat Coogan, writer and historian. Founding patrons were writers Maeve Binchy and Brian Friel.

Mary’s work has won a number of awards including the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, a GSK Ireland Impact Award, a Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award, a National Lottery Good Cause Award, the international #ArtsAgainstCovid award, an Arts Council Project Award and an Arts Council Agility Award.

Mary is Artistic Curator for the annual Dublin Arts and Human Rights festival implemented by Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders in partnership with Amnesty International, Fighting Words, ICCL,  NWCI, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Trócaire and Poetry Ireland, funded by The Arts Council. The aim of the festival is to showcase and highlight the extraordinary work of human rights defenders in Ireland and around the world, past and present, and the role of the arts and artists in promoting human rights today.

Mary’s artistic practice encompasses theatre, film, literature, poetry, and curatorship. Mary’s work focuses on primal, visceral and intuitive responses to vulnerability and conflict and an exploration of self and the other. Her work explores an interconnectedness of the body, voice and imagination, revealing the inner life through physical and spiritual energies and intuitive engagements. Mary has a focus on using historical memory in her artistic practice as inspiration for the creation of original artworks across a range of mediums, remembering stories of ordinary yet powerful women and men from history and today who stood up for the rights of others.

As a playwright, Mary’s work includes the highly acclaimed The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII co-written with Paul Kennedy, Fiona Thompson and Féilim James;  A Beauty that will Pass; Constance and Her Friends – selected by President Michael D. Higgins for performance at Áras an Uachtaráin for Culture Night 2016;  In One Breath from the award-winning Testimonies(co-written with Paul Kennedy); and Shadow of My Soul, May Our Faces Haunt You and Silent Screams. 

Mary’s film work includes the hour-long documentary Stories from the Shadows, the short film Tell Them Our Names, inspired by women’s stories of WWII and selected for the London Eye International Film Festival and Kerry Film Festival, the creative documentary Women in an Equal Europe and the short film Courageous Women inspired by powerful women’s stories from the 1916 to 1923 decade of commemorations period in Irish history.  

Franziska Detrez is a theatre director and performer based in Dublin. She is a founding member of the German performance art collective schmarrnintelligenz, die as well as the Dublin based Common Crow Theatre. In 2021 she finished her MFA in Theatre Directing at the Lir Academy in Dublin staging the Irish premiere of Gillian Greer’s „Meat“. Her latest productions include „We Are an Archipelago“ which was part of the 2022 Dublin Fringe Festival. In the past, she has worked in Germany, India, Switzerland and Ireland. She has collaborated internationally on productions with the Auroville Theatre Group in Pondicherry (India) and the Estonian Polygon Teater from Tallinn.

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