Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble Presents Flaming Inspirations

Published On 20 October, 2017 | Latest News

Image and Concept Design: Louise Brady

Camera: Jon Barton

Flaming Inspirations uses Bertolt Brecht’s adaptation of Antigone as a catalyst to explore equality in Ireland’s past, present and future. This original multi-disciplinary performance incorporates theatre, spoken word, movement and film to explore feminism and gender equality and raises questions of how far have we gone and how far will we go for what we believe in. A collage of encounters takes place with a focus on issues facing Irish women both past and present. Through abstract movement, original scenes and poetry, the ensemble create characters ranging from the female hunger strikers of Armagh prison to women fighting for body autonomy in Ireland today. The piece aims to open a discussion for the audience on where we are today in relation to equality and what are we doing to challenge this position. The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with members of Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble and guest professional artists.

Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble is made up of 15 young artists aged 18 to 23 who devised and created the piece. The performance is directed by Róisín Mc Atamney and premieres at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin on 27 October 2017 at 7.30pm as part of the international project Women in an Equal Europe and also features in the Women in an Equal Europe International Creative Arts Symposium from 10am-2pm on the same day. The performance is supported by The Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme and can be booked here.

The performance is presented as part of Women in an Equal Europe, a transnational project involving four European partners from Ireland, Spain, Croatia and Serbia co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union. The project uses a feminist framework and creative processes of theatre, film and online digital resources to explore and reflect on the experiences of women living in Europe and the power of EU policy to promote gender equality, human rights and diversity, highlighting positive changes that have come about in relation to gender equality as a result of belonging to the European Union. The four European partners are:

  • Smashing Times Theatre Company, Ireland, (lead partner)
  • Iniciativas de Futuro Para Una Europa Social, Valencia, Spain
  • Mirovna grupa mladih Dunav, Youth Peace Group ‘Danube’ (YPGD), Yukovar, Croatia,
  • DAH Theatre Research Centre, Belgrade, Serbia



Carla Ryan

Hayleigh McGowan

Killian Filan

Laura Brady

Megan O’Malley

Robert Downes

Roger McCarrick

Saoirse Planella



Jordan Begley

Ruth Dempsey

Féilim James

Megan O’Malley

Conor Ryan


Production Team

Director: Róisín Mc Atamney

Producers: Mary Moynihan and Freda Manweiler

Assistant Director: Jordan Begley

Stage Manager: Eva Walsh

Assistant Stage Manager: Ruth Dempsey

Videographer: Ebhan Loughlin

Composer: Ken Tuohy and Ellen O’Malley

Image And Concept Design: Louise Brady

Camera: Jon Barton

Lighting Designer: Sheila Murphy


Guest Mentor Artists

Mary Moynihan, Theatre and Film Maker, Artistic Director, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company

Chrissie Poulter, Head of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Eric Weitz, Associate Professor of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin

Peter Sheridan, Writer, Actor, Director

Dagmara Jerzak, Choreographer, Contemporary Dance Artist


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