The Aisling Project

The Aisling Project

Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality work to promote equality, human rights and diversity through the arts.  The company are delighted to present a programme of artistic performances, workshops, training and talks taking place in a range of venues using the arts to promote equality and rights with a focus on promoting the Irish language and Irish culture and heritage.

The Aisling Programme in South Kerry – 2022 Arts and Human Rights festival.

Three public performances and post-show discussions take place in South Kerry – in The Barracks Heritage Centre, Cahersiveen, on Thursday, 20 October 2022, 7.30pm; in St John the Baptist Church, Knightstown, Valentia Island, on Friday 21 October 2022, 7.30pm and in 10 Bridge Street, Killorglin, on  Saturday 22 October 2022, 7.30pm.  The show Aisling na Saoirse consists of:

  • Grace and Joe by Mary Moynihan performed by Carla Ryan
  • Tales from an Afterworld by Féilim James performed by Rob Harrington
  • At Summer’s End by Féilim James performed by Carla Ryan
  • Ná déanaimis dearmad/Let Us Not Forget le Áine Ní Ghlinn performed by Rob Harrington

The performance venues, dates and times are:

  • The Monsignor Flaherty Room, Barracks Heritage Centre, Cahersiveen, County Kerry. Thursday, 20 October 2022, 7.30pm. 
  • St John the Baptist Church, Knightstown, Valentia Island, County Kerry. Friday 21 October 2022, 7.30pm. 
  • 10 Bridge Street, Killorglin, County Kerry, Saturday 22 October 2022, 7.30pm

The show is a bespoke combination of three monologue performances and a poem. Our first performance is Grace and Joe written and directed by Mary Moynihan inspired by Grace Evelyn Gifford (1888-1955) and the story of her time with Joseph Mary Plunkett, one of the leaders executed after the 1916 Easter Rising. Next is Tales From an Afterworld by Féilim James based on the life and work of William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). 

The final performance is At Summer’s End by Feilim James, a dramatic monologue told from the perspective of a Jewish-Irish citizen murdered in the Holocaust. Her name was Ettie Steinberg (1914-42). We learn how at a young age her family left Eastern Europe for Dublin, before love led her away to the European mainland. This by turns tender and harrowing portrait of love, loss, and the brutality of war tells one ordinary woman’s extraordinary, and often forgotten, story. The show culminates with a poem Ná déanaimis dearmad/Let Us Not Forget by Áine Ní Ghlinn.

The award-winning work of Smashing Times has been acclaimed for its extraordinary story-telling inspired by historical memory and stories of citizens and artists from across the ages. In this, our 30th anniversary year, enjoy a gathering of performance and song presenting re-imagined moments from the lives of citizens and artists caught up in extraordinary times, showcasing stories of Irish people from the 20th century. 

Grace and Joe

Written and directed by Mary Moynihan

Based on on writings and witness statements from Joseph Mary Plunkett and Grace Gifford

Performed by Carla Ryan

Grace and Joe sees Grace Evelyn Gifford (1888-1955) tell the story of her time with Joseph Mary Plunkett, one of the leaders executed after the 1916 Easter Rising and the youngest signatory to the Irish proclamation. It relates how they were married in Kilmainham Gaol chapel seven hours before his execution. Grace was a cartoonist and Republican and studied at the Metropolitan School Art.

Tales From an Afterworld

Written by Féilim James

Directed by Geraldine McAlinden

Performed by Rob Harrington

Tales From an Afterworld is a reflection on the life and work of writer William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). Born in Dublin in 1865, William Butler Yeats was the son of a well-known Irish painter, John Butler Yeats. He spent his childhood in County Sligo, where his parents were raised, and in London. He returned to Dublin at fifteen to continue his education and study painting, but quickly discovered he preferred poetry. Born into the Anglo-Irish landowning class, Yeats became involved with the Celtic Revival, a movement against the cultural influences of English rule in Ireland during the Victorian period, which sought to promote the spirit of Ireland’s native heritage. Yeats was deeply involved in politics in Ireland. He also had a life-long interest in mysticism and the occult, and his work drew extensively from sources in Irish mythology and folklore. Lady Gregory and Yeats founded the Abbey Theatre in 1904. Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923 and died in 1939 age seventy-three.

At Summer’s End

Written by Féilim James

Directed by Eric Weitz

Performed by Carla Ryan

This dramatic monologue is told from the perspective of a Jewish-Irish citizen murdered in the Holocaust. Her name was Ettie Steinberg (1914-42). We learn how at a young age her family left Eastern Europe for Dublin, before love led her away to the European mainland. This by turns tender and harrowing portrait of love, loss, and the brutality of war tells one ordinary woman’s extraordinary, and often forgotten, story.

Poem: Ná déanaimis dearmad/Let Us Not Forget le Áine Ní Ghlinn performed by Rob Harrington

FULL PROGRAMME OF EVENTS IN SOUTH KERRY – OCTOBER 2022

Ionad Cill Rialaig, Ballinkelligs, County Kerry.  24 September 2022. 7-10pm

  • Aon Scéal, REIC Spoken Word Evening with Bean an tí, Ciara Ní É.
  • Artist: Hilary Bow, Singer Songwriter, Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality
  • Event in Irish

Acting for the Future Creativity and Well-Being Workshops

Presented by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality

Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahirsiveen, County Kerry. 17 October 2022

  • 17 October 2022. 10-11am. Transition Year Students, 25 per workshop 
  • 17 October 2022, 11-12am.  Transition Year Students, 25 per workshop 
  • 17 October 2022, 12am-1pm.  Transition Year Students, 25 per workshop 
  • Creative Facilitator:  Eimear Burke, Counselling Psychologist 

Acting for the Future Creativity and Well-Being Workshops

Killorglin Community College, Killorglin, County Kerry. 18 October 2022

  • 18 October 2022, 11.15-12.15am. Transitional Year Students, 20 per workshop
  • 18 October 2022.  12.15am-1.15pm.  Transition Year Students, 20 per workshop 
  • Creative Facilitator: Eimear Burke, Counselling psychologist 

Acting for the Future Creativity and Well-Being Workshops 

Killorglin Adult Literacy and Basis Education Centre ETB, Killorglin, County Kerry. 

  • 18 October 2022. 2-3pm. Adults
  • 18 October 2022. 3-4pm. Adults
  • Creative Facilitator:  Eimear Burke, Counselling Psychologist 

Smashing Times Youth Leadership Training

Killorglan Community College, Youth Chamber of Commerce. Training Location:  The Killorglan Family Resource Centre.

  • Two Youth Leadership Training workshops. 12 October, 10-11.30am and 11.30am-1pm. Artist and Facilitator: Michael McCabe  
  • Two Youth Leadership Training: workshops. 19 October, 10-11.30am and 11.30am-1pm. Artist and Facilitator’ Michael McCabe
  • Two Climate Change Vision Board Training workshops. 26 October, 10-11.30am and 11.30am-1pm. Creative Facilitator and Entrepreneur: Vanessa Ogida 

Equality Workshops Through the Arts, Monsignor Flattery Room, The Barracks Heritage Centre, 25 October 2022. Equality Workshop, 25 October 2022, 5-7.30pm.  Attended by artists from South Kerry in partnership with Marina Ni Dhubhain, Creative Places 

Facilitator: Ciara Hayes

Forbairt na Dromoda Teo, Dromid, County Kerry, 12 October 2022

Equality Workshop, 12 October 2022, 1.45-3pm. Attended by students from 4th and 5th Class, Scoil Náisiúnta Cillín Liath

Facilitator: Michael McCabe