Abbey Theatre brings The Risen People on tour to local communities

Abbey Theatre brings The Risen People on tour to local communities

This January the Abbey Theatre embarks on a new initiative as it takes The Risen People on an Unplugged tour throughout Dublin, bringing the experience of live theatre into the heart of local communities. Developed by our Community and Education Department, the tour is designed to make the work of the national theatre accessible to a wider audience.

The Risen People brings to life the story of the 1913 Dublin Lockout through music, song and movement. This epic show, which was the inspiration for the James Plunkett’s Strumpet City, will visit Wheatfield Prison, Larkin Community College and Kilbarrack Community Development Project, where it will be performed for free.

Each community has been given the opportunity to participate in the show by delivering their own Noble Call. Traditionally known as a party piece to complete a night’s entertainment, this performance will see the community respond personally to the themes of the story by performing at the end of the show. The theatre has been supporting the participants in the development of their chosen piece through weekly workshops and rehearsals.

The Risen People Unplugged tour

Monday, 13 January – 7.00pm
Wheatfield Prison
, Cloverhill Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Wheatfield Prison has a strong commitment to education and the arts. This medium security prison in Clondalkin, provides a broad based general curriculum, including teaching in creative arts subjects, for prisoners aged 17 – 60.

Monday, 20 January – 7.00pm
Larkin Community College
, Champions Avenue, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1.

Larkin Community College, a co-educational City of Dublin secondary college run by the VEC, has been an Abbey Theatre educational partner since the early 1990s, and their transition year students regularly participate in our Theatre as Resource programmes. We are currently developing our pioneering Junior Certificate Short Course in conjunction with the college.

Monday, 27 January – 7.30pm
Kilbarrack Community Development Project
, St. Benedict’s Resource Centre, Swans Nest Road, Kilbarrack, Dublin 5.

Kilbarrack Community Development Project, instigated by local community activist Cathleen O’Neill, provides a diverse range of community supports and resources for people of all ages in Kilbarrack, ranging from after school and retirement clubs, to literacy groups, and respite services for young mothers. We have previously worked with a number of the project’s support groups and are committed to supporting this energetic and proactive community which operates in one of Dublin’s most deprived areas.

Throughout the month of January, performances of The Risen People continue nightly on the Abbey stage from Tuesday to Saturday (as well as Saturday matinees) until the end of the run on 1 February.

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