HISTORY is a story about a place. A fourteen acre site in Inchicore called St. Michael’s Estate, and a history that spans the housing of imprisoned 1916 revolutionaries to the building of Ireland’s first social housing in the 1960s.The housing estate and the people who lived there have battled drugs, recession and social exclusion. Yet St. Michael’s has become a hub of activism that is world-renowned for its community development and creative protest. Promised regeneration 4 times in 15 years, the former residents of the old St. Michael’s Estate are still waiting for the homes they’ve been promised.
By telling the unwritten stories of this land, THEATREclub are going to bring you through the last 100 years of our countries social history, so we, the people, can think about what we want to happen next. We want you to know what happened here. We want you to remember. HISTORY is a story about Ireland’s future. Will you walk with us?
HISTORY is the third and final instalment in THEATREclub’s trilogy of work about the social history of Ireland that began with HEROIN (2010) and THE FAMILY (2012).
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THEATREclub are a young Dublin based theatre collective founded in November 2008 comprised of Shane Byrne, Doireann Coady and Grace Dyas. Over the last five years, the company have developed a regular ensemble of actors, designers and production team, working together to make shows about us and the people and things around us. Created with fun and love, and framed by manic ambition, their work is visually electrifying, drenched in substance and socially engaged.
Created to change the lived experience of people in our world today through high quality theatre motivated by social change, THEATREclub firmly believe in theatre, and in its power to amaze, enchant, enlighten and to change. The company believe that theatre can change the world by starting conversations amongst those who experience it, while still being entertaining and making us belly laugh (and cry).
Written by Grace Dyas and devised by cast
Directed by Grace Dyas
Associate Director Louise White
Set Design by Doireann Coady
Musical Director Seán Millar
Music Composed by Ger Kelly, Seán Millar & Barry O’Connor
Video Artist Joe Lee
Lighting Design by Eoin Winning
Costume by Emma Fraser
Performed by Shane Byrne, Gerard Kelly, Lauren Larkin, Louise Lewis and Barry O’Connor
Produced by Aisling Murray
Production Manager Adam Fitzsimons
Stage Manager Tom Mullan
“So theatre is a safe, middle-class thing, and young people think it’s boring? THEATREclub beg to disagree. Actually, they’re a little more insistent: they’re taking conventional notions of theatre and its audience and shoving them back in our faces, with a few expletives thrown in.” Irish Independent
“…THEATREclub, an infuriatingly young company with only slightly less energy than the national power grid.” The Irish Times
• “At this time of societal questioning and re-evaluation that seems laden with significance, THEATREclub are breaking down those fundamentals in the hope we might build them back up again.” The Irish Times
HISTORY is commissioned as part of the Dublin City Public Art Programme with funding from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. The development of HISTORY was generously supported by Senator Fiach McConghail.
Suitable 16+ (strong language and adult themes)