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Smashing Barriers Drama Collective in rehearsal

Theatre: Smashing Barriers at Smock Alley Theatre

21 - 23 Feb 2017 (Past)

Smock Alley Theatre

Another day, another barrier to smash. Victim, charity case, or active citizen? Can we change how we see disability?

Smashing Barriers Drama Collective will perform an extract of its new play, Smashing Barriers at this year’s Scene + Heard Festival from 21st- 23rd February, 6.30pm nightly, in the Main Space, at Smock Alley Theatre.

Smashing Barriers is a new play devised and performed by people with disabilities from Dublin 10 who have impairments and experience disability as a daily reality. Based on the lived experiences of the cast, Smashing Barriers aims to challenge attitudes and assumptions around disability.

The performance has been developed through workshops with director, Kate Harris. In these workshops, performers were encouraged to critically reflect on their own experiences as a means of interrogating the barriers they feel prevent them from participating fully in their communities and society in general.

Issues such as inaccessibility of information, housing and transport and segregated and/or poor quality schooling among others were examined and challenged to create this new piece. The project is created and supported by Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Access Group.

Please note: the 30 minute work-in-progress performance of Smashing Barriers will play alongside Running +Walking by Martin Sharry as a double bill.

Tickets are €12 / €10 for performances and are available online here and from the Smock Alley Box Office on 01-677 0014.

Running time: 1 hour.

For further information, please contact:
Neasa O’Callaghan, Producer
Email: neasaocallaghan@gmail.com

Smashing Barriers will run as part of the Scene + Heard Festival at Smock Alley Theatre, which showcases new work across live performance genres.

The Festival enables artists to test previously unseen work and new ideas in front of a live audience and receive feedback before mounting and staging full-length productions. Audiences attending ‘Smashing Barriers’ will, therefore, be encouraged to provide feedback in multiple ways at the venue, e.g. by engaging in dialogue with the cast directly, by posting a secret ballot at the Festival Voting Station, and by leaving video critiques in the Festival Photo Booth.

Cast and Creatives

Devised by: Smashing Barriers Drama Collective
Directed by: Kate Harris
Cast: Charlie Keohanne, Patricia O’Grady, Ann Reilly, Anthony Gannon, Nicola Brown, Sinead McDonagh, Peter Gorey, Lorraine Kelly, Natasha Phillips, Maureen McGovern, Jasmine Keen, Emma McGinn, Peter Ryan, Aimee O’Reilly, Ian Lavelle, Sadie Cash, Pat McCabe
Producer: Neasa O’Callaghan
Supported by: Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Access Project.

Can we change how we see disability? Brainstorming session at Smashing Barriers HQ.

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Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Access Group
Kate Harris
Scene + Heard Festival
Smashing Barriers
Smock Alley Theatre