Home: Part One

17 March - 17 July 2021

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Premieres 17th March, 7pm

Watch on our YouTube channel


The national theatre of Ireland's response to the report on Mother and Baby Institutions

In January 2021 the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes published its report investigating the discrimination experienced by vulnerable women and children in Mother and Baby Institutions in Ireland. It asserted that, over 76 years from 1922 to 1998, some 56,000 mothers and 57,000 children were kept in the 14 Mother and Baby Institutions and four County Homes it examined.

Home: Part One is a direct response to the report on Mother and Baby Homes, focusing on the testimonies of survivors. Home: Part One will be broadcast on St. Patrick’s Day 2021, a day where we celebrate our identity should also be a day for us to reflect on Ireland’s history and on the experiences of its citizens. It will be available to watch back for four months after.

The readings will stream on our YouTube channel at 7pm on 17th March 2021, and any donations received during the stream will go to Barnardos Post-Adoption service.


Concept by: Graham McLaren & Neil Murray (Directors of the Abbey Theatre)

Curator and Lead Artist: Noelle Brown

Editorial panel: Catriona Crowe, Michèle Forbes, Colin Murphy, Conall Ó Fátharta, Jody O’Neill, Caroline Williams

The testimonies will be read by some of Ireland’s leading actors and public figures, with music performed by Mary Coughlan.

Readers: Karen Ardiff, Ivana Bacik, Cathy Belton, Jane Brennan, Noelle Brown, Siobhan Callaghan, Orla Casey, Catherine Connolly, Derbhle Crotty, Amelia Crowley, Anne Enright, Hilda Fay, Liz Fitzgibbon, Gráinne Hallahan, Mary Healy, Esosa Ighodaro, Jess Kavanagh, Lauren Larkin, Susan Lohan, Síle Maguire, Ruth McCabe, Gillian McCarthy, Denise McCormack, Mary McDonagh, Eleanor Methven, Sarah Morris, Marie Mullen, Laura Murphy, Mary Murray, Máire Ní Ghráinne, Caitríona Ní Mhurchú, Bríd Ní Neachtain, Donna Anita Nikolaisen, Melissa Nolan, Helen Norton, Marion O’Dwyer, Olivia O’Leary, Aisling O’Sullivan, Geraldine Plunkett, Joan Sheehy, Noni Stapleton, Carmel Stephens, Catherine Walsh, Eleanor Walsh, Ali White.

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