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25 - 26 October 2017 The Woman is Present Smashing Times Theatre Company
27 October 2017 Women in an Equal Europe (Symposium) Smashing Times Theatre Company
27 October 2017 Creative Equality - Youth Arts Ensemble Smashing Times Theatre Company
9 - 11 November 2017 Dubliners Opera Theatre Company & Wexford Festival Opera

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The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII

Imagined recreation of moments from the lives of women in WWII
by Deirdre Kinahan, Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy

Dates:

Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 October at 7.30pm

Details:

The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII is a creative reimagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism, and refused to accept oppression. Each performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women's stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace in Ireland, Northern Ireland and internationally. The performance goes on national and international tour to Ireland, Northern Ireland and Germany from September 2017 to February 2018.

The women's stories can be found in the Women War and Peace Digital book, with a foreword by Marian Harkin, MEP, which contains 23 stories of women's experiences during World War II and is now available online. The book was launched at the Mansion House, Dublin on 8 November 2016 by Mary Lawlor, Front Line Defenders and Cllr Rebecca Moynihan, Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin. The editor of the book is Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company and Lecturer, BA in Drama (Performance), Conservatory of Music and Drama, and key contributors are Edyta Pietrzak, Inga Kuzma, Fernando Benavente Tendillo Kilian Cuerda Ros, Arne Schrader, Freda Manweiler, Mary Moynihan, Jessie Smith, Bernard Wilson (writing about the life of Mary Elmes) and Nadia Clare Smith (writing about the life of Dorothy Macardle).

The show is followed by a post-show discussion with the actors.

Speakers
The Actors
Mary Moynihan, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Lynn Jackson, Holocaust Education Trust
Dijana Milosevic, DAH Theatre, Serbia

Moderator
Paul Kennedy, playwright and director
Freda Manweiler, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company

Tickets:

Euro 15, 10 conc

Booking:

Advance booking may be made online.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 5pm on days of performance for the sale of day tickets.

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Creative Arts Symposium: Women in an Equal Europe

Date:

Friday 27 October, 10am to 2pm

Details:

Women in an Equal Europe Creative Arts Symposium gathers artist and human rights activists together to explore how artists and citizens can actively influence EU policy and engages citizens in debate on the kind of Europe we want for the future in relation to gender equality, diversity and peace. The symposium features a youth ensemble performance, guest speakers and parallel theatre workshops to explore the role of the EU in promoting women's rights and human rights as shared values for a peaceful and prosperous future for all. 

Speakers
Marian Harkin, MEP, Ireland
Mary Duffin, Ireland, Theatre Maker, TOTO Practitioner and Screenwriter
Sasa Bijelanovic, Youth worker, Youth Peace Group Danube, Vukovar, Croatia
Mary Moynihan, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company

Artist Facilitators
Dijana Milosevic, DAH Theatre, Serbia
Mary Duffin, Theatre Maker, TOTO practitioner and Screenwriter
Freda Manweiler, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Roisin Mc Atamney, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company

Launch Screenings
Launch of Women in an Equal Europe Digital Book featuring positive stories of change for women from Ireland, Spain, Croatia and Serbia that have come about as a result of belonging to the EU.
Launch of Creative Film Documentary on women, feminism and Europe. Women interviewed on film include Olwen Fouere, Actor, Director and Creative Artist; Dijana Milosevic, Theatre Director, Writer and Lecturer and Artistic Director, DAH Theatre, Serbia; Dil Wickemasinghe, Broadcaster and Journalist; Orla O'Connor, Director of the National Women's Council; Sinead Burke, writer and academic; Mirjana Renduli, Actor, Writer and Facilitator; Pom Boyd, Actor, Writer, Director and Collaborative Artist; Constance Short, Visual Artist, Arts Organiser and Cultural Conduit; Shirley Graham, Social Researcher and Activist; and Vanessa Ogida, Broadcast Journalist, Motivational Speaker/Writer, Trainer and Entrepreneur.

Moderator
Chrissie Poulter, Head of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD

Tickets:

Euro 5

Booking:

Advance booking may be made online.

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Creative Equality:

Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble

Date:

Friday 27 Ocober at 7.30pm

Details:

As part of Women in an Equal Europe, Smashing Times Youth Arts are working with 12 young people ages 18 to 23, to create an original multi-disciplinary performance incorporating theatre, spoken word, music and film, aiming to use creative processes to promote gender quality and human rights. This performance premiere features in the Women in an Equal Europe Youth Symposium from 10am - 2pm on the same day. Key professional artists involved are: Mary Moynihan, Theatre and Film Maker, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company; Chrissie Poulter, Head of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD; Dr Eric Weitz, Associate Professor of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD; Peter Sheridan, writer, actor, director and Ronan O Snodaigh, Kila, musician and performer.

Post-Show Speakers: The Actors
Post-Show Moderator: Roisin Mc Atamney

The above projects are co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund and the Arts Council Young Ensembles Scheme.

Tickets:

Euro 5

Booking:

Advance booking may be made online.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 5pm on 27 October the sale of day tickets.

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Dubliners

Dates:

Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 November 2017 at 7.30pm

Company:

Opera Theatre Company & Wexford Festival Opera

Director:

Annabelle Comyn

Details:

An unsuitable lover ... an interfering mother ... an oppressive boss ... a dreary job ... an insult that haunts ... escape to the pub ... glimpses of another life ... imagination running away ... reality ... lack of funds ... frustration and humiliation ... violence.

Life's ups, downs, ins and outs unfold in front of a city of onlookers. James Joyce's Dubliners perfectly captures the emotions, characters and flavours of Dublin from 100 years ago. Two new operas by Andrew Synnott (composer) and Arthur Riordan (librettist), each based on one story from Dubliners, are both contemporary and entertaining, and bring Joyce's characters vividly to life.

In a new production from Opera Theatre Company and Wexford Festival Opera, Dubliners marks the operatic debut of the acclaimed theatre director Annabelle Comyn, whose productions have been seen at the Abbey Theatre, Druid, Landmark Productions and the Dublin Theatre Festival. She is joined by Set Designer Paul O'Mahony (OTC's Acis and Galatea), costume designer Joan O'Clery and Lighting Designer Rory Beaton.

Counterparts
Office worker Farrington concentrates more on his drinking plans than his day job and is humiliated by his overbearing boss. His attempts to drown his misery in Dublin's pubs backfires as he faces yet more humiliation. Frustrated, he returns home where his mood worsens and he takes out his anger on the first person he meets. The music and libretto capture this foreboding as Farrington's world spins apart.

The Boarding House
Jack Mooney introduces The Boarding House, which caters for clerks and visiting music-hall entertainers. The scheming proprietor, Mrs Mooney, allows her daughter Polly to spend time with the male residents. When a relationship blossoms between Polly and successful clerk Bob Doran, Mrs Mooney waits until it is publicly observed, knowing that Doran will have no choice but to propose. The music and libretto poke fun at all of the characters as this entertaining drama unfolds.

Cast
Polly/Mrs Delacour/Barmaid/Tom: Emma Nash
Mother/Weathers Anna Jeffers
Bob/Alleyne/O'Halloran Andrew Gavin
Jack/Flynn David Howes
Higgins Peter O'Donohue
FarringtonCormac Lawlor

Opera Theatre Company ensemble is directed from the piano by Andrew Synnott. 

Tickets:

Euro 22/20 conc

Booking:

All advance booking to be made online.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 4pm on days of performance for enquiries and for the sale of day tickets.

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Last updated 17 October 2017 by Francis Thackaberry (Email).