Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 18.10.06IN OUR OWN WORDS – THREE WOMEN’S STORIES

Monday 11th July, 8pm

O’Reilly Theatre

Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Tickets: €15 / €12 conc.

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We Are Rachel Corrie, a performed reading of the personal correspondences from Gaza of American human rights defender Rachel Corrie, crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in 2003. With actors Mary Murray, Neilí Conroy, Charlotte Bradley, Katie Honan, Clara Purcell, Donal O’Kelly. Music by Jane Hughes and James MacCafferty. Adapted by Sorcha Fox, directed by Rachael Dowling.

Dovie Thomason, Native American storyteller with an excerpt from her celebrated show “How The West Was Spun”.

Palestinian storyteller Fidaa Ataya from Kafr Nima near Ramallah, with her version of the traditional story The Doma Tree.


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Monday 11th – Saturday 16th July 2016 @ 7:30pm

The New Theatre

43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Tickets: €12.50 / 01 670 3361

Written and performed by Katie O’Kelly, directed by Davey Kelleher

From a dull day in Tesco to the dusty fields of Palestine.
In the blink of an eye.
What the fuck just happened?

A rainy day in Dublin. A jaded supermarket employee rips a boycott sticker off a bottle of olive oil. And the Palestinian olive tree of history comes to life before her…The Olive Tree low res

A magic realist journey into the stories and struggles of Palestine, past, present and future.

“Remarkably funny…lyrical and intelligent language makes the political personal” – The Reviews Hub

“O’Kelly performs all the roles with a clean, clear and sharp wit” – No More Workhorse

“A story told with magic and emotional realness” – Pure M Magazinejaiolivebelfast

Post-Show talk after opening night, Tuesday 12th July 2016, with Muhanad Al Qaisy, Coordinator of the Olive Tree Campaign in Bethlehem, Palestine.



 Luthier_vue_1Thursday 14th July – Saturday 16th July @ 1pm

The New Theatre

43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Tickets: €10 / 01 670 3361

Written by Lucy Caldwell, directed by Davey Kelleher, performed by Rob Malone

The Luthier by Lucy Caldwell is a monologue inspired by a story in the New York Times in June 2009.

The play centres around a young apprentice luthier – a violin repairman – in Ramallah. His name is Dawood Al-Suleiman, and his story reveals, as he repairs a violin, a memory from ten years previously, when he was aged nine.

“White phosphorus ignites in the air and when it comes in contact with the skin it burns to the bone and beyond. It burns at 816˚ Celsius or 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit until the oxygen supply is cut off or there is nothing left to burn. You can stand on the other side of the street and watch your mother and your sister and your baby brothers melt and turn to smoke before your eyes and there is nothing you can do, nothing”.

The Luthier was first comimagemissioned by Origin Theatre Company New York (Artistic Director George C. Heslin) for First Irish Festival and opened at 59E59 Theatre in October 2009.

Lucy Caldwell is the author of three novels, a short story collection, several stage plays and radio dramas. Multitudes, her collection of short stories, was published in May. Her novel All the Beggars Riding was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and was chosen as Belfast’s One City One Book in 2013. Other awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2012, the Dylan Thomas Award, the George Devine Award, the Imison Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 


Friday 15th July, 8pm

Peacock Theatre

Under the Abbey Theatre, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1

Tickets: €20/€15 conc.

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Palestinian playwright and author Ahmed Masoud will be teaming up with world-renowned trad band Kila for what promises to be an engaging and inspiring evening of literature and music in the Peacock Theatre!

Ahmed Masoud is a Gaza-born London-based Palestinian writer whose book Vanished was shortlisted for the Memo Palestinian Book Awards 2015. His theatre credits includeThe Shroud Maker (London 2015), Walaa, Loyalty (London 2014, funded by Arts Council England), Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea (London and Edinburgh 2009) and Escape from Gaza (BBC Radio 4, 2011). Ahmed is the founder of Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre (2005) where he wrote and directed several productions in London, with subsequent European tours. He was recently stopped by Israel from entering his homeland to take part in the Palestinian Festival of Literature, where he was due to read in an international programme headlined by Colum McCann and JM Coetzee.
Kila are one of Ireland’s best-known globe-trotting traditional music bands, who also co-composed and played the music for Oscar-nominated animation features The Book of Kells and The Song Of The Sea. They also composed and played music for the Prix Europa-winning radio series Francisco. They have produced more than 15 cds over their 20-year career, including Suas Síos, Lemonade and Buns, Tóg é Go Bog é.Kila are composed of Ronán O Snodaigh, Brian Hogan, Dee Armstrong, Colm Ó Snodaigh, Seanan Brennan, Rossa Ó Snodaigh and Dave Hingerty.