Shattering Glass

Professional Performance On Tour

By Gillian Hackett, Mary Moynihan, and Paul Kennedy

Adam Traynor, Paul Nolan and Aiofe Heery Shattering Glass
Adam Traynor, Paul Nolan, and Aoife Heery in Shattering Glass

DIRECTED by Mary Moynihan
PRODUCED by Freda Manweiler
CAST Aoife Heery, Paul Nolan & Adam Traynor

As part of our ACTING FOR CHANGE project Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company presented the Irish premiere and tour of Shattering Glass by Gillian Hackett, Mary Moynihan and Paul Kennedy which opened on 11th January 2011 at the Balor Arts Centre, Donegal.

Shattering Glass

Shattering Glass is an original professional production based on memories and experiences of The Troubles in Ireland and Northern Ireland and developed from an extensive period of research, workshops and interviews. The play explores memories of living by the Border; the devastation and heartache caused by violent conflict during The Troubles and how the human spirit moves forward in a search for ways to forge new paths for the future. All performances were followed by postshow discussions with guest speakers. The performances took place at the following venues:

  • Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey – Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 8.30pm
  • Ramelton Town Hall, Ramelton – Wednesday, 12 January 2011 at 8pm
  • Colgan Community and Resource Centre, Carndonagh – Thursday, 13 January 2011 at 8pm
  • Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny – Friday, 14 January 2011 at 8pm

Shattering Glass consisted of three pieces: Crossings by Paul Kennedy, a monologue performed by Adam Traynor; Daniel by Mary Moynihan, a monologue performed by Aoife Heery; and The Glass Wall, a three-hander by Gillian Hackett and performed by Adam Traynor, Aoife Heery and Paul Nolan. A performance of the monologue Crossings was subsequently delivered in two schools – Cranna College, Buncrana on 15 February 2011 in the morning and Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana in the afternoon.

‘In Daniel by Mary Moynihan… Aoife Heery’s portrayal of Heather is subtle, sensitive and unremitting… In Crossings… Adam Traynor unpacks the past of Tom, a man whose acts of terror embroiled members of his community and his family… the dominant sense is of almost unbroken darkness… in… The Glass Wall, (devised by Gillian Hackett and cast) a pair of lovers (Traynor and Heery) – one from each side of the religious divide – are pursued by the unrelenting demands of the past. The stage is populated with ghosts… and the sledge-hammer beat of unwavering rhetoric: ‘THIS-IS-NOT-OVER’ (Paul Nolan, the third cast-member, in a concentrated portrait of bigotry and intimidation)… Mary Moynihan’s direction is both ascetic and intense: the staging is bleak, the lighting spartan; continuity between the pieces is provided by electrifying, throbbing music; the acting is disciplined and utterly concentrated.’

Derek West, Irish Theatre Magazine

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