Tour of The Woman is Present Begins Today in An Táin Arts Centre

Published On 28 September, 2017 | Latest News

Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company’s tour of The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII begins today at 1pm in An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth. There’s still time to book your tickets! Just click here.

The performance is the first of 11 performances taking place through to February of next year, travelling to locations such as Belfast, Omagh, Dublin, Wexford and Germany. 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.

‘Such a moving piece of theatre. The performances were excellent’
Sabina Coyne Higgins

Women’s stories in the performance include Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II; Ettie Steinberg (1914-42) the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; and Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote her autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the name ‘Anonyma’ (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WWII as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army.

Mary Elmes and Ettie Steinberg are written about in this exclusive Irish Times article on the tour of The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII. Read here.

A full list of the tour dates, and how to book, can be found below:

Tour Dates 2017
Thursday 28 September
An Táin Arts Centre, Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth
1pm. Booking: 00353 (0)42 9332332,

Saturday 7 October        
Island Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn BT27 4RL
8pm. Booking: 0044 (0) 28 9250 9254, Tickets:  £15/10

Tuesday 10 October
Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast.
8pm. Booking: 0044 (0) 28 9024 2338, £10/7, £5 for groups of 8 or more.

Friday 20 October
Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow
8pm. Booking: 00353 (0)1 272 4030, Tickets: €16/14

Wed, Thurs, 25, 26 October
Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
7.30pm. Booking: 00353 (0)1 896 2461, Tickets: €15/10

Wednesday 1 November
Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford
8pm. Booking: 00 353 (0)53 912 3764, Tickets: €16/14

Wed, Thurs, 15, 16 November
360° Crisis Trauma Hope Festival hosted by Theaterlabor at Theaterhaus im Tor 6, Bielefeld, Germany.
7pm. Booking: 0049 (0) 521 287856 Tickets €14/8

Thursday 30 November
Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
8pm. Booking: 00353 (0)1 885 2622, Tickets: €16/14

Tour Date 2018

Saturday 24 February
Playhouse Theatre, 5-7 Artillery St, Derry/Londonderry
8pm. Booking: 0044(0) 28 7126 Tickets: £10

The above events are conducted as part of the large scale project Women in an Equal Europe, which 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. This project is funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund. The four European partners are:

  • Smashing Times Theatre and Film 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

For further information contact Freda Manweiler
Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Tel: + 353 (0) 1 865 6613                Tel: + 353 (0) 87 221 4245

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