NEW PLAY TO DELVE INTO WOMEN’S HIS­TOR­I­CAL STO­RIES

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AN imag­i­na­tive new piece of theatre will come to the stage in the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, Bray aimed at gen­er­at­ing a greater un­der­stand­ing of women’s rights and pro­mot­ing gen­der equal­ity.

The Woman is Present: Women’s Sto­ries of WWII by Deirde Ki­na­han, Mary Moyni­han, Fiona Bawn Thomp­son and Paul Kennedy is a cre­ative reimag­in­ing of mo­ments from the lives of women dur­ing WWII re­call­ing sto­ries of brav­ery, sacri­fice and love amidst the hor­ror of war, as women stood up against fas­cism and to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism and re­fused to ac­cept op­pres­sion. Each per­for­mance is fol­lowed by a post­show dis­cus­sion with the artists and in­vited guest speak­ers to ex­plore pow­er­ful women’s sto­ries in his­tory and themes of gen­der equal­ity and peace in Ire­land, North­ern Ire­land and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The per­for­mance goes on na­tional and in­ter­na­tional tour to Ire­land, North­ern Ire­land and Ger­many from Septem­ber 2017 to Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Women’s sto­ries in the per­for­mance in­clude Mary Elmes (19082002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish per­son hon­oured as ‘Right­eous Among Na­tions’ for her work sav­ing Jewish chil­dren from the Nazi gas cham­bers dur­ing World War II; Et­tie Stein­berg (1914-42) the only fe­male Jewish Irish cit­i­zen known to have been mur­dered in Auschwitz; Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Ger­many who wrote her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) un­der the name ‘Anonyma’ (Anony­mous), de­tail­ing her ex­pe­ri­ences of the last days of WWII as she and over one mil­lion other women were raped and abused by Al­lied sol­diers of the Red Army; Neus Català Pallejà (b.1915) from Spain, a mem­ber of the United So­cial­ist Party of Cat­alo­nia dur­ing the Span­ish Civil War, an ac­tive col­lab­o­ra­tor with the French Re­sis­tance dur­ing WWII and the only liv­ing Span­ish sur­vivor of Ravens­brück con­cen­tra­tion camp for women; Maria Eugenia Jasin­ska (1906-43) from Lódz in Poland who worked for the re­sis­tance and gave up her own life rather than ‘name names’; and Dolores Ibár­ruri, or La Pa­sion­aria (1895-1989), from Spain, a rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader, po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist, com­mu­nist and cru­sader against Fas­cism dur­ing the Span­ish Civil War who cre­ated the fa­mous cry ‘ They Shall Not Pass’.

The show will be staged in Bray on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20 at 8 p.m. For book­ings call 01 2724030 or visit www.mer­maid­arts­cen­tre.ie Tick­ets: €16/14

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