Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality
25 October 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm GMT
Platform: Online event hosted by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality
Category: Online Discussion
Tickets: Open to the public.
Booking: (See Below)
Moderator: Bryony May, Arts Services Manager at Fermanagh & Omagh District Council
Speakers: Dr Rajinder Singh, Artist-in-Residence, UCD; Laragh Pittman, artist; Antonio D’Souza, artist; Deirdre Murphy, multi-disciplinary artist; Kate Harris, 4Elements Theatre Company; Maureen McGovern, disability activist; Áine O’Hara, theatre; Dave Randall, music.
This event will create a platform for artists to speak about work and projects they are developing or are thinking of developing in the future. A chance to brainstorm, discuss and share ideas, this event highlights the strength and endurance of the arts community, and their extraordinary ability to persevere.
Kate Harris is a theatre maker, drama facilitator, and activist. She specializes in theatre provocations that challenge the line between audience and community and provide a framework to engage marginalized communities and seasoned theatre goers alike in combating social exclusion. Kate makes theatre in partnership with artists and a wide range of community groups to create dialogue around complex social issues. Kate has worked with Smashing Barriers: Drama Collective since 2016.
Maureen McGovern is a disability human rights activist. She believes using art as a forum for challenging attitudinal and decimation practices in Irish society against disabled people. Maureen is the Chairperson of the Ballyfermot Chapelizod Disability Action Collective, Co-ordinator of Smashing Barriers and a founding member of Full Spectrum a national network for disabled people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Asexual, Non-Binary, or simply non-heterosexual in orientation / gender identity.
Kate and Maureen will speak about the Smashing Barriers verbatim project. Smashing Barriers is a mixed impairment disabled theatre ensemble. Founded in 2016, we use participatory theatre practice in tandem with the Social Model of Disability to create new theatre that shows the lived experiences of disabled people. The verbatim project is using personal stories and historical documentation to create a script that explores the disability rights movement and the impact the movement has had on the lives of disabled people.
Deirdre Murphy is a multi-disciplinary performer. She has a highly physical presence and is accomplished in movement, vocal performance, song writing, production, writing for theatre, and spreading the love. She is the writer and composer of Capitalism: The Musical (2017), this was never going to be normal (2019), and many other works for performance which straddle the line between arts and activism. Her current focus is song writing and music production, and her debut EP will soon be released. Originally from Alaska, Deirdre has been creating work for theatre, dance, and music in Ireland for the last 15 years. She has received support from the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland, and has been featured on RTE’s Culture File, The Arena, The Art of Living with Victoria Mary Clarke, Galway Bay FM, etc. Her work in dance and theatre has toured internationally.
Deirdre will speak about Capitalism: The Musical, her 2019 show ‘this was never going to be normal‘ and the contents of her upcoming EP release.
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