dlr Mill Theatre to Celebrate the Female Figures of Irish History

Coming to the dlr Mill Theatre in Dundrum on September 25 is The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories 1916-1923, a show celebrating radical women from the decade of commemorations in Ireland covering the period 1916 to 1923.

Written by Mary Moynihan, The Woman is Present includes stories from Constance Markievicz, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Helena Molony, Margaret Skinnider and Grace Gifford. In the performance, these legendary women reflect on memories of the 1916 Rising, the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, their time in prison, and the suffrage movement.

This work is inspired by the writings of Constance Markievicz, with poetry excerpts by Eva Gore Booth and original testimony including an adaptation from Doing My Bit for Ireland by Margaret Skinnider. The performance also features the story of Grace Evelyn Gifford who recalls the story of her time with Joseph Mary Plunkett, one of the leaders executed after the 1916 Easter Rising and the youngest signatory to the Irish proclamation.

It relates how they were married in Kilmainham Gaol chapel seven hours before his execution. Grace reflects on her experiences as a woman in the new Irish state.

The performance is followed by a post-show panel discussion titled ‘Citizens in an Equal Europe’, featuring invited guest speakers Moynihan and historian Sinead McCoole as well as audience participation. The talk will celebrate key events from history and themes of gender equality and diversity today, linking the aspirations of the new Irish proclamation to the founding principles of the EU in relation to democracy, equality and peace.

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories 1916-1923 is presented as part of the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival. Tickets cost from €12/€8.

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