Endorsements

 

Smashing Times is a wonderful endeavour and I wish you well with all your future work’
Thomas Kilroy, Playwright

‘I’ve been thinking a lot about how incredibly great you and the Smashing Times team were – I really learned so much. Collaborating with people who were passionate about creating work that was engaging, and at the same time effecting positive change in their communities invigorated me,  I was excited and felt that I was taking part in something that was important and making a difference.’
Liliana Ashman, intern 2011 to 2013

What the papers say:

The Irish Times

  • “The plays are true theatre…extraordinary, Smashing Times Theatre Company has a deserved reputation for exploring social issues with sensitivity and in depth… Smashing Times must continue with it.”
  •  “Fascinating, executed by the innovative and dynamic Smashing Times Theatre.”

The Sunday Independent

  • “Excellent…a depth of feeling and a coherence of mood that is both striking and rewarding.”

The Sunday Tribune

  •  “Outstanding performances…crafted, nuanced, searing…compelling…this play should find an engaged and passionate audience for its sensitive storytelling…companies like Smashing Times…consistently produce work that is self-consciously political, work that seeks to provoke and engage debate about the way we organise society and our lives.”

 

Endorsement of Uprising scripted by Tara Mc Kevitt, devised by the Company

Uprising is a provocative  and insightful new play from Smashing Times Theatre Company. It bristles with kinetic energy, while still presenting moments of personal tragic loss in the context of the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland and conflicts around the world. It fearlessly confronts us with questions about injustices  in our society, and engages the audience not only in an examination of the past, but also in a quest for a vision of the future.”
Paul Kennedy, Writer

“I found Smashing Times  Uprising to be uniquely innovative, moving, poignant and hopeful. This seminal work needs to be seen by many around the whole of the island of Ireland especially our young people. I salute the writer for her vision, the director for her bravery and the actors for their superb crafting of this vital piece of work for the times we live in.”
Karen Ward, Audience Member

“Brilliant performance last night at the Playhouse called  Uprising. Dublin based company used a fusion of text, dance and rap, exploring memories and experiences of war and peace in N.I and internationally. It was very well put together.  Our girls were able to see first hand the power of the arts, for us ‘dance’, it doesn’t have to solve the problems out there but it can provoke thought for change. This is exactly the kind of work we are doing with our youth group, we take an issue then use dance, music and technology to explore it and share with audiences far and wide, schools, communities etc.”
Irena Melly, I.D. Youth Dance Company

“The gang from M.A.D Youth Theatre loved it. They had so much to say about it on the bus back home.”
Kwasie Boyce, Youth Leader

“Myself and my fiancé and his sister and my brother went to see Uprising and were phenomenally impressed.  Myself and my brother are from the south of Ireland whereas my fiancé and his sister are from Belfast. The show was a very interesting depiction of the troubles in the north. The cast , though many were from the south, had obviously researched the troubles and perfected their northern accents!  They gave me a glimpse of what life must have been like living through the troubles.  We were especially impressed with the music and song choices during the show. The music helped to lighten the tension during intense scenes and lift the mood.  Overall we felt that both sides of the troubles were well represented with likeable characters on both sides.”
Rosemary Cullen, Audience Member

 

Endorsement of Testimonies by Paul Kennedy and Mary Moynihan

“I am still in shock at how quiet and attentive they (young men) were to the performance. . . They were told they could leave after the first monologue but they stayed and also asked questions in the post show discussion. I have never seen this group so attentive and quiet. Please include us in future work plans. It is very impressive work!”
Shane O’ Connor, Youth Worker, The Base, Ballyfermot, Dublin

“Smashing Times approaches a difficult subject with honesty, integrity and sensitivity. Testimonies pulls no punches about the devastating effect of suicide and offers a nonjudgmental insight into what brings people to consider it an option. The engaging monologues, though sad, are not depressing, but in a way life-affirming.  This production and the discussion afterwards should be compulsory for all young people. It is Theatre-in-Education at its Best.
Maeve Ingolsby, Writer

“Wonderful experience, great way for the kids to get a first time look at how drama and mental health issues combine, the kids talked about it for weeks afterwards.”
Priscilla Nic Chonmara, Ballyfermot Youthreach

 

What the Public Says:

  •  “The show was extremely powerful, congratulations to the actors and company.”
  • “The Department of Education should fund this show to go into every school in the country. It is excellent and extremely important.”
  • “This work is excellent…we don’t do enough emotional training (in schools) and that is why drama is so important, particularly for young people in schools.”
  • “This work is so powerful, I wish there was more of this.”
  • “What Smashing Times are contributing to theatre is cutting-edge work currently not being done by anybody else; no one is addressing themes in this way. Theatre can be multi-faceted and this is an input that is extremely important. This is serious, thought-provoking and provocative work that is really impressive and valid.”

 

 

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