Still I Rise – Smashing Times Theatre for Change European Symposium and Performance

Published On 14 April, 2017 | Latest News

Join us for the Still I Rise Smashing Times Theatre for Change European Symposium and Performance at Smock Alley Theatre, Main Space, Dublin on 28 April 2017, from 1.30 to 6pm. Reserve your tickets here.

This event brings together Irish and international artists and guest speakers to explore the role of the creative arts to promote anti-racism, gender equality and diversity in adult education and is open to artists, educators and the general public. The international guest speaker is Dijana Milošević, an award winning theatre director, writer and lecturer and Artistic Director of DAH Theatre, Serbia and the Irish guest speakers are John Scott, Artistic Director, Irish Modern Dance Theatre; Mary Moynihan, theatre and film maker and Artistic Director, Smashing Times; Mary Duffin, Theatre Maker, TOTO Practitioner & Screenwriter and Shane O’ Curry, Director, ENAR Ireland.

The symposium features a performance of Still I Rise made up of Mary Elmes (from The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Thompson and Paul Kennedy, based on the life of Cork woman Mary Elmes who worked with Spanish and Jewish refugees and was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her working saving lives from the Nazi gas chambers during WWII), performed by Róisín Mc Atamney; a dance performance from Fall and Recover by Irish Modern Dance Theatre and a recital of the powerful and defiant Still I Rise by Maya Angelou, the American poet and civil rights activist, performed by Mary Duffin.

The symposium culminates in the launch of a collaboratively designed Drama for Change Curriculum and Toolbox of Resources with research and video demonstrations on how to conduct theatre games and exercises. The new curriculum will be made available on-line in digital format, to provide adult educators with the skills necessary to work with adult learners through a creative medium in order to promote anti-racism, gender equality and diversity.

The symposium is held as part of Drama for Change, a three-year partnership project that runs from 2014 to 2017 with five European partners from Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria, Spain and the Netherlands. The project uses creative methods to develop a new training curriculum for adult educators using the arts to promote anti-racism, equality and diversity and is funded by Erasmus+. The five European partner organisations are:

  • Smashing Times Theatre Company, Ireland – Coordinating Partner
  • Instituto de Formacion y Estudios Sociales (IFES), Valencia, Spain.
  • Pressure Line Visual and Creative Communications, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Sprachinstitut dialogue, Lindau, Germany.
  • KU TU Ltd, Sofia, Bulgaria.


For more information and group bookings contact:

Freda Manweiler, Company Manger,

Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd

Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7

Tel: + 353 (0) 1 865 6613       Tel: + 353 (0) 87 221 4245

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