Smashing Times On the Road: Equality for Peace

25 July 2017

Smashing Times On the Road: Equality for Peace

Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company are delighted to announce a series of creative and cultural public events and activities to generate a greater understanding of women’s rights and the promotion of gender equality and peace in Ireland, Northern Ireland and internationally.

 

  • The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII on national and international tour to Ireland, Northern Ireland and Germany from September 2017 to February 2018
  • Women in an Equal Europe Creative Arts Symposium, 27 October 2017, 10am-2pm
  • Creative Equality Smashing Times Young Ensemble performance, 27 October 2017, 7.30pm
  • The Power of Theatre and Film, a film and discussion event to explore the use of Smashing Times creative processes to promote equality and peace, 22 September for Culture Night 2017
  • Crisis Trauma Hope Co-production with Theatrelabor, Germany, 15-19 November 2017
  • Women War and Peace Digital Book Click here
  • Women War and Peace On-line Questionnaire Click here

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII
International Tour

Imagined re-creation of moments from the lives of women in WWII
By Deirdre Kinahan, Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy
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. The performance goes on national and international tour to Ireland, Northern Ireland and Germany from September 2017 to February 2018.

Women’s stories in the performance include 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; Ettie Steinberg (1914-42) the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; 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; Neus Català Pallejà (b.1915) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WWII and the only living Spanish survivor of Ravensbrück concentration camp for women; Maria Eugenia Jasińska (1906-43) from Łódź in Poland who worked for the resistance and gave up her own life rather than ‘name names’; and Dolores Ibárruri, 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’.
‘Such a moving piece of theatre. The performances were excellent’
Sabina Higgins, Áras an Uachtaráin First Lady
Tour Dates 2017
Thursday 28 September An Táin Arts Centre, Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth 1pm. Booking: 00353 (0)42 9332332, www.antain.ie
Saturday 7 October Island Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn BT27 4RL 8pm. Booking: 0044 (0) 28 9250 9254, www.islandartscentre.com Tickets: £15/10
Tuesday 10 October Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast.
8pm. Booking: 0044 (0) 28 9024 2338, www.crescentarts.org £10/7, £5 for groups of 8 or more. Wednesday 11 October Strule Arts Centre, Townhall Square, Omagh BT78 1BL 8pm. Booking: 0044 (0) 28 8224 7831 strule.ticketsolve.com Tickets: £10/5
Friday 20 October Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow 8pm. Booking: 00353 (0)1 272 4030, www.mermaidartscentre.ie Tickets: €16/14
Wed, Thurs, 25, 26 October Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin 7.30pm. Booking: 00353 (0)1 896 2461, www.tcd.ie/beckett-theatre Tickets: €15/10
Wednesday 1 November Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford
8pm. Booking: 00 353 (0)53 912 3764, www.wexfordartscentre.ie Tickets: €16/14
Sunday 19 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, www.draiocht.ie Tickets: €16/14
Tour Date 2018 Saturday 24 February Playhouse Theatre, 5-7 Artillery St, Londonderry 8pm. Booking: 0044(0) 28 7126 8027, www.derryplayhouse.co.uk Tickets: £10

The women’s stories featured in the performance can be found in the Women War and Peace Digital Book, with a foreword by Marian Harkin, MEP, which contains 23 stories of women’s experiences during World War II and is now available online. The book was launched at the Mansion House, Dublin on 8 November 2016 by Mary Lawlor, Front Line Defenders and Cllr Rebecca Moynihan, Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin. The editor of the book is Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company and Lecturer, BA in Drama (Performance), Conservatory of Music and Drama, and key contributors are Edyta Pietrzak, Inga Kuzma, Fernando Benavente Tendillo, Kilian Cuerda Ros, Arne Schrader, Freda Manweiler, Mary Moynihan, Jessie Smith, Bernard Wilson (writing about the life of Mary Elmes) and Nadia Clare Smith (writing about the life of Dorothy MacArdle). Click the following link to access the Women War and Peace Digital book. Click here

Women in an Equal Europe Creative Arts Symposium
Date: Friday 27 October 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin
Box office: Tel: 00353 (0)1 896 2461
Online Booking: www.tcd.ie/beckett-theatre/
Tickets: €5
Women in an Equal Europe Creative Arts Symposium gathers artist and human rights activists together to explore how artists and citizens can actively influence EU policy and engages citizens in debate on the kind of Europe we want for the future in relation to gender equality, diversity and peace. The symposium features a young ensemble performance, guest speakers and parallel theatre workshops to explore the role of the EU in promoting women’s rights and human rights as shared values for a peaceful and prosperous future for all.

Speakers
Marian Harkin, MEP, Ireland
Mary Duffin, Ireland, Theatre Maker, TOTO Practitioner and Screenwriter
Sasamac Bjelanovic, Youth worker, Youth Peace Group Danube, Vukovar, Croatia
Mary Moynihan, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company

Artist Facilitators
Dijana Milosevic, DAH Theatre, Serbia
Mary Duffin, Theatre Maker, TOTO practitioner and Screenwriter
Freda Manweiler, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Róisín McAtamney, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company

Launch Screenings
Launch of Women in an Equal Europe Digital Book featuring positive stories of change for women from Ireland, Spain, Croatia and Serbia that have come about as a result of belonging to the EU and launch of a Creative Film Documentary on women, feminism and Europe.
Women interviewed on film include Olwen Fouéré, Actor, Director and Creative Artist; Dijana Milosevic, Theatre Director, Writer and Lecturer and Artistic Director, DAH Theatre, Serbia; Dil Wickremasinghe, Broadcaster and Journalist; Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council; Sinéad Burke aka Minnie Mélange, writer and academic; Mirjana Renduli, Actor, Writer and Facilitator; Pom Boyd, Actor, Writer, Director and Collaborative Artist; Constance Short, Visual Artist, Arts Organiser and Cultural Conduit; Shirley Graham, Social Researcher and Activist; and Vanessa Ogida, Broadcast Journalist, Motivational Speaker/Writer, Trainer and Entrepreneur.

Moderator
Chrissie Poulter, Head of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD
Creative Equality: Smashing Times Young Ensemble
Date: Friday 27 October 2017
Time: 10am-2pm: As part of the Women in an Equal Europe Creative Arts Symposium
Public Performance 7.30pm
Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin Box office: Tel: 00353 (0)1 896 2461
Online Booking: www.tcd.ie/beckett-theatre/
Tickets: €5

Post-Show Speakers: The Actors
Post-Show Moderator: Róisin Mc Atamney
As part of Women in an Equal Europe, Smashing Times Youth Arts are working with 12 young people ages 18 to 23, to create an original multi-disciplinary performance incorporating theatre, spoken word, music and film, aiming to use creative processes to promote gender quality and human rights. The performance premieres at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin on 27 October 2017 at 7.30pm and also features in the Women in an Equal Europe Creative Arts Symposium from 10am-2pm on the same day. Key Professional artists involved are: Mary Moynihan, Theatre and Film Maker, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company; Chrissie Poulter, Head of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD; Dr Eric Weitz, Associate Professor of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD; Peter Sheridan, writer, actor, director and Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Kíla, musician and performer.

The Power of Theatre and Film – Celebrating the work of Smashing Times for Culture Night 2017 Date: 22 September 2017 for Culture Night Time: 6-10pm Venue: The Cinema Room, The Generator Dublin, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7, Ireland

A collage of film screenings intercut with talks on the work of Smashing Times Theatre and Film company to celebrate and remember women’s stories past and present and to creatively explore the use of theatre and film to promote gender equality, diversity and peace. This unique event showcases and features work from Women in an Equal Europe, Women War and Peace and The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII exploring art as an act of resistance and a space for envisioning the future, co-funded by the Europe for Citizen’s Programme of the European Union and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Smashing Times Co-Production with Theaterlabor, Germany
Date: 19 November, 2017
Time: 7pm
Venue: Theaterlabor im Tor 6 Theaterhaus, Bielefeld, Germany

Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company, Dublin, Ireland and Theaterlabor, Bielefeld, Germany are devising a new show based on themes of Crisis, Trauma, Hope and inspired by the story of Antigone. Artists from both companies come together to create a new co-production that premieres for five performances, opening the Crisis Trauma Hope Festival, at Thor 6 Theaterhaus, Bielefeld, Germany from the 15 to the 19 November 2017. The co-directors are Yuri Birte Anderson, from Theaterlabor, Germany and Mary Moynihan and Róisín McAtamney from Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company, Ireland. As part of an international tour, Smashing Times present The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII by Deirdre Kinahan, Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy, at the Crisis Trauma Hope Festival, on the 19 November 2017 in TOR 6 Theaterhaus, Bielefeld, Germany.

The above projects are co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund and the Arts Council Young Ensembles Scheme.
For further information contact Freda Manweiler
Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Tel: + 353 (0) 1 865 6613 Tel: + 353 (0) 87 221 4245
Email: freda@smashingtimes.ie
Website: www.smashingtimes.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/smashingtimestheatrecompany
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Smashing_Times

WOMEN IN AN EQUAL EUROPE / WOMEN WAR AND PEACE
The above events are conducted as part of two large scale projects Women in an Equal Europe and Women War and Peace.

Women in an Equal Europe 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 transnational democratic engagement and civil society project involves four European partners from Ireland, Spain, Croatia and Serbia and uses creative processes of theatre and film and online resources to promote a greater understanding of women’s rights and the positive changes that have come about in relation to gender equality as a result of belonging to the European Union. This project is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union. The four European partners are:

 Smashing Times Theatre Company, Ireland, www.smashingtimes.ie (lead partner)
 Instituto de Formacion Y Estudios Sociales (IFES), Valencia, Spain www.ifes.es
 Mirovna grupa mladih Dunav, Youth Peace Group ‘Danube’ (YPGD), Yukovar, Croatia, www.ypgd.org
 DAH Theatre Research Centre, Belgrade, Serbia www.dahteatarcentar.com

Using the arts and political activism, the project identifies 20 positive stories of change experienced by women - 5 from each partner country - that have come about as a result of belonging to the EU. The 20 stories form the basis for the Women War and Peace Digital book and Creative Documentary to be launched at the Women in an Equal Europe International Creative Arts Symposium to be held at the Samuel Beckett Theatre Dublin on Friday 27 October 2017 from 10am to 2pm, all welcome to attend.

Public performances of The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII can be seen at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, 25, 26 October 2017, nightly at 7.30 as part of a nationwide tour and a youth ensemble performance takes place on 27 October at 7.30.

Women War and Peace is an innovative arts-based project using creative performances, workshops, post-show discussions, and new digital media technologies to promote a rights-based society by focusing on the role and equal participation of women in peace building and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The project is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund and the partners are Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company, CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet) and the University of Ulster INCORE International Conflict Research Institute.

Activities include a national and international tour of The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII to Ireland, Northern Ireland and Germany with post-show discussions on women in history, gender equality and peace and a Human Rights Creative Workshop and Performance programme exploring themes of equality and peace for schools, youth and adult groups.

 

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