Daughters of the Revolution in UCC, Cork March 28th

4elements are pleased to announce the final performance of our national tour of Daughters of the Revolution!

Following sold-out performances in Dublin, hosted by the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, and performances in Waterford and Galway, Daughters of the Revolution is coming to Cork as part of the Elephant Collective’s symposium Picking Up the Threads, Remembering Maternal Deaths taking place in University College Cork March 27th and 28th.

The performance of Daughters of the Revolution will take place at 1:30pm on Wednesday, March 28th in the Boole 1 Lecture Theatre in University College Cork.

Dates: March 28th, 2018

Time: 1:30pm

Venue: Boole Lecture Theatre 1, University College Cork, College Road

Tickets: free



Announcing Panellists for Post-Show Discussion in Galway this weekend

4elements are delighted to welcome our panel for the post-show discussion following performances of Daughters of the Revolution in the Mick Lally Theatre, Galway this Friday and Saturday 23rd and 24th of February:

Friday 23rd Feb:

Tara Durkin: Mother of three children, is a birth and postpartum doula, antenatal educator, and breastfeeding counsellor in Galway City

Bairbre Brooke: Doula and Gentlebirth instructor in Galway and chairperson of the Doula Association of Ireland (DAI)

Aisling Dixon:  Registered nurse and midwife having worked in Ireland, the UK and New Zealand.  She has worked as a midwife Portiuncula Hospital since 2005, and as a self-employed community midwife (SECM) since 2006.  She is also an IBCLC lactation consultant and hypnobirth training facilitator.

Saturday 24th Feb:

Breda Kearns: Mother of three and founding member of AIMS Ireland.  She is currently the Vice-Chair of AIMS. She has also campaigned for improved perinatal mental health services

Sally Millar: Self-employed community midwife working in Galway, Clare and Limerick for 22 years before retiring in 2016.  She is currently working part time at NUI Galway and is a member of the Gort Breastfeeding Support Group

Daughters of the Revolution in Mick Lally Theatre Feb 23, 24th

Daughters of the Revolution will be coming to Galway’s Mick Lally Theatre on Fri/Sat 23rd and 24th of February, 8pm.

Tickets available here.

2017 was a busy year for Daughters of the Revolution:

In September, 4elements had hugely successful performances in the Coombe Women and Infants Hospital (CWIUH), with both performances selling out and participation on the post-show panel from the Assistant Directors of Midwifery in the Rotunda and National Maternity Hospital Holles Street, Fiona Hanrahan and Margaret Hanahoe, as well as consultant obstetricians Dr Jennifer Donnelly (Rotunda) and the former Master of CWIUH Prof Chris Fitzpatrick. Dr Krysia Lynch, Chair of AIMS Ireland, and Deb Davis of Wicklow Doulas represented the perspective of service users.

With the funding of the Anne L Mulhall Scholarship and the support of the School of Midwifery (TCD), 4elements ran workshops with midwifery students exploring the impact of performance on attitudes to listening and empathy, furthering the outreach goals of the project and research into the effectiveness of the project.

Thanks to the support of the Waterford City and County Arts Office, Daughters of the Revolution had its first performances outside Dublin in the Waterford Central Arts Theatre.

4elements also ran a workshop for midwives in University Hospital Waterford with the support of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, and had the participation of University Hospital Waterford for the post-show discussion panel both nights.

The podcasts of the post-show discussions in 2017 will be available on SoundCloud in January 2018, with links on www.4elements.ie.

Director, Kate Harris, has written a case-study on the development of Daughters of the Revolution in the chapter: ‘Performing the revolution, creating a counter-narrative on birth in Ireland’, which will be included in a forthcoming book on maternity, Untangling the Maternity Crisis, edited by Nadine Edwards, Rosemary Mander, and Jo Murphy-Lawless, published by Routledge in Spring 2018.


Daughters of the Revolution will come to the Mick Lally on February 23rd and 24th 2018

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Website Updates

Finally at a place where we can focus on feedback.

Welcome back one and all. This is Ben Brown Jr., the visual designer for the site you are currently visiting, 4elements Theatre Company, writing this from Beaverton, Oregon, USA. 

Even though it isn't exactly where we would like everything to be, the structure, links and layout have been cast for this project. I will be working with Kate Harris further to tweak things here and there, including training for her, over the next few weeks. 

Most importantly, what she wanted was something visually bolder and mobile-friendly. There was nothing wrong with the previous site, I wish to go on the record as saying. However, as the means of the technology advances on how we access content on the world wide web, the site needed some much needed updating on being accessible to those primarily using mobile devices. 

By simply altering the elements in the logo, as well as borrowing from its color scheme, I have been able to bring life to the screen that previously wasn't utilized. This also made for a great favicon, the little website icon that you see when you access the site.

The previous site didn't have a great many photos. Additionally, with changes beyond anyone's control, including Google updating their API recently and making some of the previous website's functionality conflict and not operational, some changes had to be made, and fast. (API stands for application programming interface is a set of subroutine definitions, protocols, and tools for building application software, and if it sounds like a headache, it can be.) 

Using the color scheme in the logo, I was able to create a series of linked panels to show continuity.

One of the things you will notice is that all of the videos are now directly linked to a YouTube account. This is simply for ease of access, and it works well with the coding inherent in WordPress, which is the platform being used for this site. 

Not a great many images? Not a problem! By utilizing the logo in a manner not seen previously, I was able to create a space where important website content could be seen and accessed quickly.

Another thing that Ms. Harris requested was something more visually bold and bright. Using the color scheme in the 4elements logo, as well as the items in the logo itself, I was able to break up dead space and draw visual interest to each of the pages, much like what is done in a magazine layout. 

Just because you don't have a lot on visual content for your site doesn't mean it has to be dull. Using layout, subtle text changes and freebies, like this map from Google altered slightly, I have been able to draw interest without sacrificing written content.

Additionally, it seemed that there were not a lot of pics that we could fully make use of for some of the headers and banners. Again, using some simple color tricks in Photoshop and some archived images, I was able to bring the players to life on the screen in a manner that had not been utilized prior. 

Rehearsal for Daughters of the Revolution earlier this year. This image was originally in color, then brought down to grayscale in Photoshop, then duotones and slightly color modified.

There is still work to be done, and know that this, like any other good website, is always a work-in-progress. Your feedback in critical, and we look forward to what you have to say. 

This photo is by Paul Timon. He is obviously a pro, and this image worked well as a stand-alone piece for the "About Us" page.

I hope that everyone has an amazing time during the Daughters of the Revolution Tour this year. Working on this site has been a blast, and it has allowed me the opportunity to do some things for those in Ireland working on the Repeal the 8th Campaign and some other things to assist not just this site, but for other sites doing similar types of work. Thank you Kate, and thank you all. 

Screenshots from the mobile version of the website.

Love to you all.

Ben "Bear" Brown Jr., owner

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