On 18th and 19th October 2016, a newly written up coming production of Scadán will be performed at the Invisible Wind Factory as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival 2016. The production is produced, performed and written by emerging artists living in the city, with live music and live video jocking.
The play is set in 1914 in Downings, Co. Donegal Ireland in a womens comune. We see the stories and journeys of 5 women, with our main character Murieann leaving the island of Tory trying to make her way to America. The play delves into the irish politics of the time, the revolution and the suffragette movement in Ireland and in England. The politics within the play reflects the feelings, actions and emotions we have now with our own politics within the United Kingdom and worldwide. Should we take action? Should we educate? or what if we do not want to be involved at all what does that mean? Throught the play however we are taken on a journey to Tory island with live music, imagery and old celtic stories.
It is a fictional play based on true historic accounts written together by Lauren O'Hara and Connor Kelly, both young writers from Derry-Londonderry living in Liverpool. The production is produced and directed by Roisin Fletcher, an up coming director also living and working in Liverpool - "I was born and bred in London; however, I come from Irish heritage. My mother’s side of my family are from Downings Co. Donegal. I have always had a strong connection with my Irish ancestry, having spent nearly all of my summer holidays and many other occasions with my family in Co. Donegal. I have visited the island of Tory many a time, and have survived the crazy ferry journey every time. A few Christmas' ago I came across the book ‘Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923.’ It is in reading this book that I discovered all the women involved within the Irish revolution and those who very often do not make it into the history books. I then learned the history of the women’s communes set up by the revolutionaries and how some of them were based in Co. Donegal. After making all of these discoveries I felt a great sense of connection between these important women of Ireland and Britain. The island of Tory and Donegal itself holds great myths, legends, traditions, music and language, all of which I am heavily interested in and feel a strong affinity with. "
The production of Scadán is not long away and we need your help to produce this piece, we are seeking some funding for this production in order to make it the best it can be for the Liverpool Irish Festival 2016.