International Women’s Day Performance of The Woman is Present

Published On 3 March, 2017 | Latest News

Smashing Times Theatre and Concern Worldwide present The Woman is Present for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, at Regent House, Trinity College Dublin, 2-4pm

Concern Worldwide and Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company in association with the Drama Department at TCD, are celebrating International Women’s Day with a performance of The Woman is Present, at Regent House, Trinity College Dublin, 8 March 2017, 2-4pm. Directed by Mary Moynihan, the Woman is Present features Constance and Her Friends by Mary Moynihan, inspired by the writings of Constance Markievicz with poetry extracts by Eva Gore Booth, and performed by Róisín Mc Atamney; a screening of Dolores Ibárruri from the short film Tell Them Our Names by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy, performed by Margaret Toomey and Ella Brady; and Mary Elmes by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy, performed by Róisín Mc Atamney. The performance is presented as part of Women in an Equal Europe, funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union. It is followed by a post-show workshop discussion and is open to the public.

In Constance and Her Friends, Countess Markievicz (Constance Gore-Booth) speaks to us about her memories of the 1916 Easter Rising, her time in prison as she remembers her friends Margaret Skinnider and Helena Moloney and her sister Eva Goore-Booth. Constance was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons and first female Cabinet Minister in Europe. In a scene from the short film Tell Them Our Names, we glimpse re-imagined moments in the life of Dolores Ibárurri or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, Communist and crusader against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry ‘They Shall Not Pass’. The final piece is inspired by the life of Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II. The performances are imagined re-creations from the lives of women amidst the horror of war, recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love as the women stand up and refuse to accept oppression.

The performance is presented as part of an all-day interactive workshop on gender and development presented by Concern Worldwide for International Women’s Day. Fifty Senior Cycle students from across the country are invited to attend this event which will be facilitated by Schools and Youth Programme Coordinator Claire Marshall and Gender Equality Advisor Bernadette Crawford (Concern Worldwide). Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries.

The performance is followed by a post-show workshop discussion and is open to the public. Reserve tickets from this link:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-woman-is-present-international-womens-day-tickets-32089382206

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Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company, Concern and the Drama Department at TCD offer The Woman is Present for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, at Regent House, Trinity College Dublin, 2-4pm, featuring:

Constance and Her Friends by Mary Moynihan, inspired by the writings of Constance Markievicz with poetry extracts by Eva Gore Booth, performed by Róisín Mc Atamney.

Screening of Dolores Ibárruri, a scene from the short film Tell Them Our Names by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy, performed by Margaret Toomey and Ella Brady.

Mary Elmes by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy, performed by Róisín Mc Atamney.

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