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.
Having started the conversation through art and performance, 4elements has extended the conversation through a series of chaired post-show discussions between the audience and a panel of experts including service-users, obstetric consultants, midwives, doulas, and academics. 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 links below.
The podcasts are a free resource to continue the conversation about maternity services in Ireland, and may be used in conjunction with performance clips from Daughters of the Revolution and the video recording of the post-show discussion from Sunday, March 6th.
Full performance script of Daughters of the Revolution is available here.
The podcasts were recorded live in the theatre and sound quality is not consistent throughout.
Friday, March 4th
Saturday, March 5th
Sunday, March 6th
Post-Show Discussion Panellists
Friday, March 4th:
Helen Guinane: Association for the Improvement of Maternity Services Ireland (AIMS Ireland)
Deb Davis: A birth doula with 10 years’ experience. She is also a GentleBirth Instructor and is one of the triad that makes up the Wicklow Doulas
Professor Chris Fitzpatrick: Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Master of the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2006-2012 and Associate Clinical Professor in Women’s and Children’s Health, University College Dublin
Saturday, March 5th:
Dr Jennifer Donnelly: Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist Rotunda Hospital, Dublin
Gosia Stach: Sociologist, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin
Benig Mauger: Psychotherapist, pre and perinatal psychologist and author of Reclaiming the Spirituality of Birth: Healing for Mothers and Babies (2000), Songs from the Womb: Healing the Wounded Mother (1998), and Love in a time of broken heart: healing from within (2008)
Bethann Linstra: Participant in the Daughters of the Revolution devising workshops
Sunday, March 6th:
Philomena Canning: A midwife with over 30 years’ experience in the UK, the Middle East, Australia, including with Australian Aboriginal people, and at home in Ireland with a homebirth practice for 14 years. Philomena is the co-founder of Midwives for Choice.
Paula Barry: Research Midwife, Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital. In her role as Practice Development Co-ordinator, Paula has been instrumental in many developments to enhance the provision of maternity care at the CWIUH.
Marie O’Connor: Sociologist, health correspondent, and Chairperson of Survivors of Symphysiotomy. She is the author of ‘Women and Birth: A National Study of Intentional Home Birth in Ireland’, Birth Tides: turning towards home birth (1995), and Bodily Harm: Symphysiotomy and Pubiotomy in Ireland 1944–92 (2011).