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Two people stand together against a white background in a black and white photo. Liz Carr and Mat Fraser are side by side. Mat with light grey hair in a dark suit looking towards the camera, and Liz with short hair in a bob wearing a dark shirt sits in a wheelchair beside Mat, looking towards Mat in the corner of her eye.

Theatre: Unspeakable Conversations at Galway International Arts Festival

14 - 27 Jul 2024

The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway

I am at Princeton University. My host is Professor Peter Singer, often called the most influential philosopher of our time. He is the man who wants me dead. No, that’s not fair…

Can an argument be made for killing disabled babies within the first months of their lives? Peter Singer, philosopher and author of Animal Liberation, says yes. Harriet McBryde Johnson, attorney and disability rights activist, disagrees. In a new play based on their Princeton encounter and immortalised in Johnson’s New York Times Magazine article, Unspeakable Conversations thrusts us into the heart of this life and death debate, asking us all to consider this question.

Internationally acclaimed disabled actors Liz Carr [Silent Witness; Loki; Olivier Award winner; The Normal Heart National Theatre, London] and Mat Fraser [American Horror Story; His Dark Materials, Loudermilk, Richard III] take to the stage as Harriet and Peter, but also as themselves, as friends and actors, to interrogate this unspeakable conversation through humour and personal insight, mixing verbatim text with their own words.

Provocative, transformative, and highly entertaining, this exhilarating theatre experience was conceived by Christian O’Reilly and written in collaboration with Liz Carr, Mat Fraser and Olwen Fouéré.

Irish Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Saturday 27 July, 2pm

There are limited tickets remaining for ISL Users for the Irish Sign Language Interpreted Performance on Saturday 27 July, to book please contact boxoffice@giaf.ie.

Captioned Performance: Friday 19 July, 8pm

Please contact the Box Office for accessible seating reservations upon booking tickets.

For general queries or accessibility information, contact Galway International Arts Festival Administration Office by emailing info@giaf.ie or calling +353 91 509 700.

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Unspeakable Conversations