The Civic Theatre in Tallaght will tomorrow night play host to an important new Irish theatre piece capturing the stories of transgender individuals.
Theatre maker Michele Ann Kelly and The Little Red Theatre Project have created Transition, Family And Me, which, through a series of audio and visual imaginings, give a unique, intimate and insightful glimpse into the lives of members of our transgender community here in Ireland.
The Irish theatre piece describes itself as “a celebration of human stories, of love, hope, resilience and resistance. These are the stories of one of Ireland’s most marginalized groups. These are just some of the people changing history, breaking down barriers for their community. Paving the way, one day at a time, and one story at a time, and changing the Irish landscape for trans kids of the future.”
Kelly sought the perspective of Irish transgender individuals on the themes of identity, gender, family and home with a view to the eventual development of a documentary-style theatre piece. Participants include Noah Halpin, Aoife Martin, Josephine Costello, Ollie Bell, Sara Phillips, Éidín Moyne, Denise Breen, Luke O’Reilly Kane, Claire Farrell and Ruán Walsh.
Kelly says: “This is only the start of a dialogue with members of the transgender community to ascertain their view as to how the language and aesthetic possibilities of theatre might forge a greater awareness and recognition of the full diversity of transgender identity. The aim of this work is to make a meaningful connection with the community, to create an eloquent legacy, a positive symbol for the LGBTQ+ community and in particular trans people.”
Taking place tomorrow at 7pm, the creators promise “a performance that will lift your spirits and challenge your point of view”. It will be followed by a Q&A session with Kelly and some of the participants who took part in the project.
This is a free but ticketed event. To reserve your ticket, telephone the Civic Box Office on 01-4627477.
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