When thinking of St Patrick’s day, images of shamrocks, leprechaun hats and Aran jumpers are some of the first things that come to mind. They symbolise an Ireland of years gone by and don’t really reflect what it means to live in Ireland in the 21st century.
THISISPOPBABY, the team who brought us Panti’s High Heels in Low Places in 2015, has just announced a two-week long festival, ‘Where We Live’. It will run as part of the 2018 St Patrick’s Festival and is set to bring a fresh twist that more accurately reflects what it’s really like to live in a modern day Irish society.
THISISPOPBABY with @stpatricksfest announce #WhereWeLive, a ferocious response to the theme of home told by some of the best storytellers on the island.https://t.co/WCGkY63nGT pic.twitter.com/LuE6p1KmXf
— thisispopbaby (@thisispopbaby) November 27, 2017
Investigating ideas around money, housing, migration, gender, community, the city and sex, Where We Live, in true THISISPOPBABY fashion, will have a couple of bangin’ nights out too.
The fabulous collection of talented creatives involved have developed an ambitious programme of theatre, music, exhibition, talks, and film that is set to be like nothing we’ve ever seen at the St Patrick’s Festival.
Featuring plays from Mark O’Halloran, Oonagh Murphy, Tara Flynn, Peter Daly and Veronica Dyas; an astounding immersive exhibition from Eamonn Doyle/Niall Sweeney/David Donohoe; an incendiary talks series curated by Willie White of Dublin Theatre Festival; a one-off concert from The High Hopes Community Choir, Ireland’s first homeless choir; WERKhouse – a night of performance, poetry and politics; and City on Screen – a day of screenings of excellent Irish-made films that resonate with the themes of the programme, each introduced by one of the key artists involved.
THISISPOPBABY Co-Directors Jenny Jennings and Phillip McMahon said:
“Where We Live aims to challenge the prevailing narratives fed to us by the media, the government and increasingly, the algorithms and echo chambers of social media. We’re creating a kind of Town Hall, where discussion should be heated, performance will be red hot, and where opposing views are encouraged. We want to tell funny, devastating, exhilarating and joyous stories that imagine and re-imagine what our city and country could be.”
We are very excited about this event here at GCN Towers, it may even give the Pride Festival a run for its money!
Tickets for ‘Where We Live’ events will go on sale on Friday 1 December at 11 am on www.thisispopbaby.com.
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