Off Plan is a red-hot artistic response around community-making in Ireland today. In a series of work-in-progress double bills, we get a first look at sparks of incendiary ideas around the changing city, gender, migration, direct provision and aging.
WeAreGriot featuring Felispeaks, Dagogo Hart & Samuel Yakura
Felispeaks, Dagogo Hart & Samuel Yakura join forces as WeAreGriot to present a first glimpse of their new spoken word theatre piece.
Inspired by our Nigerian roots and knowledge of our mythologies and traditional religions, Deities portrays the humanity of gods, the hubris of man and the threads that connect them all. Deities seeks to bring a part of our home to another part of our home – and to remind us of how human and godly we all are.
Born in Nigeria and raised in Longford, Felispeaks is an acclaimed spoken word artist who is working on a dream to change the face of poetry in Ireland. She draws on personal experiences of love and life and the social concerns of young people to create work that lasts long in the memory. Dagogo Hart is a Dublin based poet, writer and spoken word artist whose words have wowed audiences from bar basements to Electric Picnic stages. He is the current Slam Sunday champion and an All-Ireland poetry slam finalist. His style of poetry is inspired by his hometown in Lagos, Nigeria and his experiences since moving to Ireland. Samuel Yakura is an Art Enthusiast who finds expression through the Performing Arts. During the day, he’s a Building Engineer by profession and at night he becomes the Writer and Performance Poet. A multiple time Poetry Slam Champion, amongst many stages he’s also graced Dike Chukwumerije’s Night of Spoken Word in Nigeria.
Bella and her wheelchair are forever hiding in toilets. She can’t cope with the busy world around her. Michael is a young trans man on a journey of change. He finds himself needing time out from the bustle of the city too. Today they both take refuge in the same bathroom. The space is tight, but neither is willing to leave. They are trapped by their stubbornness and the prejudice that awaits them both outside. A fierce dialogue ensues about who has the right to use what bathroom, about privilege and pain, history and politics, identity and loss – about how we treat each other. The challenge for Bella and Michael is not to listen or hear, but to shift into someone else’s space in order to understand.
Contentious Spaces is a new play in-progress by writer, activist and performer Rosaleen McDonagh. Rosaleen received a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies, an MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Disability Studies from Northumbria University. She is co-ordinator of Violence against Women Project for Traveller and Roma Centre. She is involved at policy level in health, education and women’s issues in Traveller politics. Rosaleen is a member of Aosdána.
FULL PROGRAMME HERE
WHERE WE LIVE TEAM
THISISPOPBABY Directors Jennifer Jennings & Phillip McMahon
Festival Producer Lara Hickey
Marketing Manager & Associate Producer Carla Rogers
Associate Producer Natalie Hans
Production Managers Aisling Mooney & Éanna Whelan
Publicity and PR Conleth Teevan
Production Designer Emmett Scanlon
Lighting Designer Sarah Jane Shiels
Graphic Design Pony Ltd.
Festival Intern Elissavet Chatzinota
THISISPOPBABY General Manager Claire O’Neill