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24 Young people from Dublin 15
24 Bespoke New Pieces performed in
24 Dublin 15 locations simultaneously
1 Festival of 24 Works!
On Saturday 6th October 2018, something amazing happened in Dublin 15.
30 brand new pieces of theatre, Written, Performed & Directed by 47 professional Theatre Artists, inspired by 30 Dublin 15 Stories were performed simultaneously all across Dublin 15 in 30 Homes, 3 times each, on the one night, totalling 90 Performances to over 1000 people.
11 Filmmakers captured all 30 shows which you can now enjoy below ... or on YouTube ...
The drive to create art is the highest of callings precisely because our literal survival does not depend on it. If we did not shape ideas and feelings in words and clay and paint, we would not actually die as we would if we did not eat food or drink water. Our existence, however, would be far less interesting and rich. We would, without our creative impulses, exist as other animals do. We would be born, we would live and we would die, without commentary, or understanding, or joyful imagining’ …
‘Dublin 15 boasts a rich and multifaceted population containing a myriad of stories that deserve to be told. Origin stories, stories of hardship, stories of innocence, stories full of joy, stories that seek to explore and understand, a person, a community, a society, a world. In the telling of these stories, people and communities become visible, cultural synapses ignite, and the foundation of a creative society, valuing kindness, inclusivity, honesty, respect, and rigorous commentary, is laid. In a time when it is difficult to believe in our cultural and political leaders, the sincerity of this grass roots approach is immeasurable. Our cultural institutions then take on the responsibility of caring for people, how they live, and the holistic development of our communities.’
‘The beating heart of HOME THEATRE (Ireland) was performance night on Saturday October 6th. Ninety performances telling thirty stories to thousands of people in living rooms across Dublin 15 … At approximately nine thirty that night I followed Samir and Duke Special and stood in the cold night to watch a paper lantern float up into the sky. My heart was full. My soul sated. My belief in us as a community, a society, replenished. For me, art had come to pass in the rich collaboration between artist and host, each acting as catalyst, the host unlocking the artist and the artist framing the host.’
Veronica Coburn, Artistic Director, Home Theatre (Ireland)
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