Up­state’s 2211 telling tales from Clogher­head

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By ALI­SON COMYN

2211 is the first in­stall­ment of Up­state Theatre Project’s Wa­ter­ways pro­gramme which in­ves­ti­gates the lived ex­pe­ri­ence of com­mu­ni­ties con­nected to Ire­land’s wa­ter­ways. On Sun­day 11th Novem­ber at 3pm in Clogher­head Pier car park, 2211 will be broad­cast to as­sem­bled au­di­ence. The event is free, but book­ing is ad­vised by con­tact­ing 041 9844227 or email­ing ad­min@up­state.ie.

The event re­quires peo­ple to drive to the pier and make sure to have a work­ing car ra­dio or smart­phone. Grainne Raf­ferty, who leads the project says there is a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge that is unique to the way of life in com­mu­ni­ties which have lived and worked in coastal ar­eas.

“Some of what we found re­calls the rad­i­cal changes to the way peo­ple worked but also the im­pact on cul­tural life as well,” she ex­plains.

“What we’ve done as an ini­tial re­sponse to a se­ries of in­ter­views we con­ducted is to com­pile an au­dio work that rep­re­sents some of that his­tory. It’s not de­fin­i­tive but we’re hop­ing peo­ple will get a taste of what a project like this can do and maybe be in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in de­vel­op­ing ideas for the fu­ture. There are great sto­ries in what peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced and it makes for great lis­ten­ing”.

Amongst oth­ers, lo­cal con­trib­u­tors to the project in­clude John Kir­wan, Shauna Col­lier and Paddy Hod­gins with mu­si­cal con­tri­bu­tions from Ruth Camp­bell and Cather­ine Kennedy.

Au­di­ence will park their car over­look­ing the pier and view be­yond and tune their car ra­dio. Al­ter­na­tively, there will be ac­cess to lis­ten in on a smart phone with vol­un­teers avail­able to as­sist.

Wa­ter­ways is a de­vel­op­ing project fo­cused on work­ing with coastal com­mu­ni­ties to de­velop re­sponses to their lived cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence.

The event on Sun­day 11th will in­volve shar­ing an au­dio com­pi­la­tion based on some of the col­lected oral tes­ti­monies, mu­sic and lo­cal his­to­ries of the area.

Fog on the Boyne..a morn­ing scene on the Boyne last week.

The story of Clogher­head...

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