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The River Shannon Project

What a cool project! Playwright and Limerick native Helena Enright is looking for people to talk to about the River Shannon and how it has figured into their lives.

Helena is collecting stories of the Shannon – from folklore passed down from Irish emigrants in America to modern first-hand experiences of life in Ireland. Read on to learn more about the project and how to contact Helena…

From The River Shannon Project Facebook page

From The River Shannon Project Facebook page

For immediate release: Tuesday 4th March 2014

 

The River Shannon Project begins with your stories.

Limerick City stands at the point where the River Shannon meets the sea water of the estuary. It is an integral part of the landscape and the folklore of the city. How do you relate to the river?  What does the River Shannon mean to you? Perhaps you have a story to tell about the River Shannon or know of friends or relatives who have?

Viva Voce, in collaboration with Limerick born playwright and actress Helena Enright, are creating and developing a new performance which will celebrate the people of Limerick’s real life associations with the River Shannon.  The play will be performed on a boat on the river in Limerick as part of the Limerick City of Culture 2014.

‘I am look for all sorts of stories relating to the river Shannon. As our longest river it has a special place in the folklore and literature of the country and I am interested as to how it features in people’s lives today. Perhaps people have Irish ancestors who have told stories of the river or perhaps they themselves have visited Ireland and made a special connection to the river.   The main focus of the project is oral testimony so I would like to interview people about their memories of the river or what the river means to them. I cannot make this project happen without the people of Limerick both here and abroad. I would love the project to include memories and stories from Limerick people all over the world.’

A Facebook page has been set up where people can upload pictures and comments about the River Shannon.  There is also a Twitter page @rivershannonpro and we are encouraging people all over the world to leave a tweet describing the river in 140 characters or less. You can also follow our board in Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/Hels75/the-river-shannon-project/

The River Shannon Project began as part of the Elemental Arts and Culture Festival in Limerick in 2012 and in for the 2013 festival Helena created an audio walk along the banks of the river.  There are also plans to stream the play live on a boat in Boston and New York. Helena will be visiting New York and Boston in early April to meet with and interview people.

Dr Helena Enright is an experienced researcher and freelance theatre practitioner whose has been working in the arts for over twenty years.  She has worked as an actress and producer in both theatre and film, and also as a teacher and facilitator on many outreach, community, school and university theatre projects in both Ireland and the UK.   She is also an award winning playwright and director whose plays include Less Than a Year (2006), Walking Away (2007), Under Pressure (2008), Aquéro (2010) and The Exeter Blitz Project (2012).

Four of these plays have incorporated the testimony of real people and have dealt with subjects such as domestic violence, cancer, road fatalities and war.  In 2011 she completed a PhD in Performance Practice at the University of Exeter on the staging of personal testimony.

 

Media Contact:

Helena Enright, Artistic Director

Tel: +353 87 3975526

Email: rivershannonproject@gmail.com

 @rivershannonpro on Twitter, use #rivershannonpro   

http://www.facebook.com/RiverShannonProject

Click here to view and download the flyer for The Shannon River Project.

 


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Celtic Music & Irish Drama in New Jersey

Nick from The Centenary Stage Company in New Jersey asked me if I would share a couple of upcoming shows with the readers of The Irish in America

Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit professional Equity
theatre dedicated to bringing the performing arts to the Warren, Sussex,
Morris and Hunterdon County areas. Our
actors are a part of the Actors Equity
Association, the professional union
for actors. We are an associate
member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

The first event is a Celtic music performance on Saturday, February 9th. Read on…

With its roots in Celtic tradition, Le Vent du Nord brings their high energy folk music to the Centenary Stage Company’s Sitnik Theatre in the David and Carol Lackland Center on Saturday, February 9th at 8 p.m. This group composed of singers and multi-instrumentalists play a unique blend of original compositions and traditional Quebecois folk songs with a spirited Celtic flair, also incorporating familiar Cajun melodies and rhythms. Playing with Celtic luminaries such as The Chieftains, Le Vent du Nord has been enjoying increasing success since their inception in 2002 performing with other popular musical acts the world over. Their new album “Tromper le Temps” was awarded “World Music Album of the Year” in 2012.

The Boston Herald described the band’s sound, featuring button accordion, foot percussion, guitar and fiddle, as “defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.” Members of Le Vent du Nord include Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, and Réjean Brunet who’ve all been training in their instruments since they were young boys. Considered a driving force in progressive folk, “these four young men… have taken Celtic music filtered through the Québécois tradition and hopped it up with vitality and innovation,” says Eugene Weekly.

Visit CSC website for more information and ticket information.

The second performance of interest is Martin McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan”, running February 22nd – March 10th.

In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been grazing cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him. Billy is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank. As news of his audacity ripples through his rumor-starved community, The Cripple of Inishmaan becomes a merciless portrayal of a world comically cramped and relentlessly absurd, even when, to everyone’s surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his big chance.

csc_logo_130Two great events in New Jersey for those interested in Celtic-inspired music and Irish drama. If you live in the area, check it out! For ticket and venue information visit The Centenary Stage Company today!