Quintessence Theatre in association with Droichead Arts Centre present
Boy, Girl, Repeat
(A work in progress)
FRIDAY 12 JULY | 7pm
The launch project of ‘Hear Me Roar: Women, Gender and Silence’
Theatre Company in Residence at Droichead Arts Centre
Stockwell Street, Drogheda
Tickets €5 www.droichead.com or 041 9833946
As Theatre Company in Residence at Droichead Arts Centre for 2019, Quintessence Theatre will devise a new programme of work entitled Hear Me Roar: Women, Gender, and Silence, dedicated to women’s voices and stories, now and historically. Previously resident in An Táin, Dundalk, for the past four years, the company have devised and produced a body of exciting and engaging work to date, including Cracks and The Star of Chester’s Lane.
Hear Me Roar: Women, Gender, and Silence will consist of three separate works to be produced at Droichead Arts Centre over the course of twelve months, examining the smothering inhibitions strict gender dichotomies and control places on women and, by consequence, transgender people and men too.
The first in this series is Boy, Girl, Repeat, an experimental work in development, charting the story of Boy and Girl from cradle to grave, and exploring how that specific crucial difference assigned at birth shapes their whole social existence within the same world. Told entirely without words through stylised movement, soundscape and mime, it follows Boy and Girl from their first breath, their first steps, their first foray into a world in which their parallel lives will be divided and dictated by one thing: gender.
Following Boy, Girl, Repeat, two further productions are planned during the residency: #MeToo, Three, Four… inspired by the bravery of the ‘Silence Breakers’ and the viral #MeToo movement, and The Curious Case of Albert Cashier: Lincoln’s Lady Soldier based on a the true story of a Clogherhead born transgender soldier who went to America to fight in Lincoln’s army.
“I am thrilled to be creating a programme of new work unearthing women’s voices and stories, as it is something we are passionate about as a female-led theatre company, which would not be possible without the support of both Droichead Arts Centre and the Arts Council through the form of this exciting new residency.” Anna Simpson, Artistic Director, Quintessence
Quintessence Theatre Company: Theatre Company in Residence, Droichead Arts Centre 2019 funded by the Arts Council.
Quintessence dedicates itself to exploring the human condition through the most theatrical means available: the actor, their imagination, and embracing the live relationship between actor and audience. The Company believe in collaboration; in amplifying voices not always heard; and in the democraticisation of art: that it should reach people beyond the cultural hubs of large urban populations. The Company always seek to surprise, move and provoke audiences, creating dynamic, innovative, visceral, compassionate story-telling that finds the new in the familiar, and touches on urgent issues at the heart of Irish society here and now.
For further information and images, please contact Anthony Kinahan, Producer of Quintessence Theatre firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 2379893 or Collette Farrell, Director, Droichead Arts Centre, email@example.com or 041 9875140.