Yours Always: Irish Women Writing the Diaspora
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About the Event
Across the Irish Diaspora, women write and read “letters home:” celebrating births and grieving deaths, suffering war and dreaming of peace, exchanging news and spreading gossip, laughing and crying, staying in touch, generation after generation.
This workshop invites eight women to co-create a 90 minute “Readers Theatre” performance – tentatively titled “Yours Always” – where we will invite people gathered to celebrate St. Brigid’s Day in Vancouver to join us as we read aloud from our “letters home.”
Letters may be from long ago; or, they may be from yesterday; or, they may be postcards, birthday cards, wedding announcements, newspaper clippings; or, they may be photos with notes written on the back; or, they may be emails or texts; or…
The theme of the workshop and performance will be sharing how Irish women as writers and readers of letters home forge and maintain enduring connections over time: creating the ties that bind, bridging the lines that divide, lives lived at home and in the Diaspora.
Application to participate in this workshop will be open from October 1st to November 12th and selection will be made on the basis of seeking samples of letters home that together offer illustrations of correspondence over time, from long ago to now. No performance experience is required.
In your application please indicate the dates of the letters you would want to work with, whether they are from and/or to Ireland, what form they take (letters, postcards, emails, etc.), and a brief summary of their content.
Anticipating that each participant will read for about 10 minutes, you will want to have approximately 4-5 pages of text to read from.
We will meet for three hours in December 2019, share our “letters home,” and our ideas for presenting a 90-minute Readers Theatre performance.
All ideas are welcome. Each participant will leave this meeting with a rehearsal plan to work with between December and February.
For more information, or to register, e-mail Dara Culhane at: firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook messenger m.me/FeileBride