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Hello one and all. This is Ben Brown Jr., broadcasting from Beaverton, OR, just west of the city of Portland, which I am certain many of you have heard of.
And, by the way, it is really nothing like the TV show Portlandia. That's like saying Hollywood is full of movie stars, when honestly, if you walk the streets of tinsel town, it's pretty dismal.
Stating the obvious here: The Lady Kate has asked for a major redesign to this website. The structure and framework are now completed. Over the next several days, I will be importing much of the website's previous content, a little at a time. I have already uploaded the Blog Posts. Next will come some design things, logos, etc. and most importantly, a major push and focus on Daughters of the Revolution.
One of the major reasons for the re-design was to present a more responsive, mobile-friendly layout. We can't shine and serve you if won't tell us one way or another how these changes are working for you. So don't by shy, because feedback is greatly appreciated.
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Following a sold-out run in Dublin’s Harbour Playhouse in 2016, 4elements are launching the national tour of Daughters of the Revolution with two performances hosted by the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital on Sept 14th and 15th, 7pm. Tickets €15 (plus booking fee) available through Eventbrite.
Daughters of the Revolution will be in Central Arts, Waterford City, on September 16th and 17th, shows 8pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday. Tickets €12/10 available from Central Arts.
Directed by ambitious theatre-maker/writer Kate Harris, with original music by award-winning composer Doc O’Connor, and staring Clodagh Dowling, Benjamin Musgrave, and Diana O’Connor. Daughters of the Revolution is a darkly satirical theatre provocation, offering vivid insights into exactly what women have to go through to get from pregnancy to birth.
Daughters of the Revolution follows Evelyn Murphy on her journey down the rabbit hole of maternity. Evelyn’s story creates a picture of contemporary Ireland in a time of rising birth-rates, uncertain economic prospects, and a health service in crisis.
Join the conversation!
Following the performances, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss the reality of the maternity services with a panel of experts drawn from obstetrics, midwifery, and the community. Daughters of the Revolution aims to create a space for women, families, and healthcare professionals to come together and share experiences and ideas.
The Waterford Healing Arts Trust have featured the Daughters of the Revolution project on the Arts and Health website, check it out on http://www.artsandhealth.ie/case-studies/daughters-of-the-revolution/
4elements are launching a tour of Daughters of the Revolution in September 2017!
You can support this incredible project here.
We have been working for the last year with hospitals and communities around Ireland to tour Daughters of the Revolution and we are ready!
With thanks to our partners Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, School of Midwifery-Trinity College Dublin, Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Waterford City and County Council Arts Office, National Women’s Council of Ireland, and AIMS Ireland we will be starting in Dublin at the Rita Kelly Theatre, Coombe Hospital on the 14th of September.
Over the next year will bring the Revolution around Ireland. Next stop Galway!
Dates and Times:
Rita Kelly Theatre-CWIUH Dublin September 14th and 15th at 7pm.
Central Arts-Waterford September 16th at 8pm and 17th at 4pm.
Mick Lally Theatre-Galway February 23rd and 24th 2018 at 8pm.
4elements are delighted to have Sarah on board to kick-off a new Theatre of the Oppressed research project.
Sarah Martin fell in love with Theatre of the Oppressed at first sight as a student studying the intersection of art and social justice.
Sarah is a filmmaker, director, journalist (for The Hoya and her podcast), co-host of Resistance Radio (WGTB), and a singer songwriter. She is interested in using many different mediums of art to bridge gaps and create human connections.
Sarah is currently working on her BA from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed: One Day Forum Theatre Workshop
Date: Wednesday, June 8th
Venue: Lantern Centre, Dublin 8
Facilitators: Kate Harris and Mo Levy
Contact: email@example.com to reserve a place
This workshop offers training in Theatre of the Oppressed, with a focus on understanding and creating Forum Theatre. The workshop will cover group facilitation techniques, structuring a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop, and devising Forum Theatre.
This is a practical workshop, the games and exercises in the workshop can be used with any group.
Forum Theatre is an interactive, problem-solving model. Performances are devised from collective experience around a specific social issue. The audience are invited to engage in the search for a new approach to the problem, by taking part in re-imagining the story.
The workshop is open to activists, people working in community contexts, and anyone interested in creating theatre for social change.
4elements are pleased to announce that the Daughters of the Revolution post-show discussions are now available!
Daughters of the Revolution is an experiment in using art and performance to shape a public response to the crisis in the Irish maternity services.
4elements has extended the conversation through a series of chaired post-show discussions between a panel of experts and the audience. The conversations took place over three nights following performances of Daughters of the Revolution in the Harbour Playhouse, Dublin and are available as podcasts through the link below.