‘Súóg – The Irish in Rwanda’ pieces together memories of a military family, inspired by personal accounts from the Irish Rwandan Support Group 1994.
Written by: Mags Keohane
Dramaturgy by: Eamonn Doyle
Cast: Dara Collins, Rosanna Purcell & Mark Griffin
‘Súóg – The Irish in Rwanda’ was presented in SHOW work-in-progress festival in November 2018. This presentation was a collage of materials, letters, interviews and research from soldiers and their families. Since then I have focused on creating a through-line for the script which has led me to focus on the experience of military family. The TDC residency will test out the latest developments of the script. We also aim to test ideas for the audio-visual components of ‘Súóg – The Irish in Rwanda’.
The aim of the TDC residency is to explore memory within ‘Súóg – The Irish in Rwanda’. Memory is plural and multi-directional, through the TDC residency we want to explore the different points of view of a military family. We want to focus on the character arcs within this military family and the agency of characters in scenes shaped by memory.
Mags Keohane is a director, theatre maker and producer with experience working in Ireland and Scotland. Most recently Mags produced Glass Mask Theatre’s debut production ‘Idlewild’ by Jimmy Murphy and the premier of ‘Spliced’ by Timmy Creed at Cork Midsummer Festival 2018. Mags graduated with distinction from an MLitt Theatre Practice at the University of Glasgow.
Eamonn Doyle’s creative experience to date has seen a few reinventions, from Actor to Teacher to Director and finally to Writer. Eamonn completed his actor training with Bull Alley Theatre Training; professional credits include Fair City, Classic Stage Ireland and The Gate Theatre. Eamonn holds a B.A in English and Ancient History and an M.A. in Drama and Theatre Studies (UCC) with a focus on Theatre in Education.
Eamonn and Mags have worked together on a number of productions and are excited to collaborate on ‘Súghóg – The Irish in Rwanda’.
The residency will conclude with a free public presentation and discussion about the work on Friday. The showing runs from 1:10 to 2pm. Join us!
Intersections is a music-theatre collective established in 2015. They are currently developing ‘The Madrugada’ in TDC and will give a presentation based on their work on Friday, 1st March at 1:10pm. They have shown twice in TDC already, so the group will present something different this time, since they will be presenting the whole show in March in Cork School of Music and do not want to give away too much!
Madrugada is the Spanish word for the period between midnight and sunrise. No such word exists for this time period in Irish or English.
‘The Madrugada’ is a music-theatre piece set in Cork City in the very early hours between midnight and dawn. The show is based on a song cycle featuring the lyrics and poems of the late and highly influential Cork writer and singer Mick Lynch, with original music by Cork composer Mark Wilkins. Performed by actor/puppeteer Dominic Moore, acclaimed vocalist Vickie Keating and experienced musicians Ruti Lachs and Mark Wilkins.
Writer and satirist Mick Lynch had a unique lens on Cork City which was reflected in his lyrics and poems. With this show we are aiming to create a similarly unique lens through which audiences can see Cork as another city. The setting of the piece between midnight and dawn, a time when the city is no longer populated by noisy traffic, commuters and consumers, which allows this side of Cork to reveal itself.
Over the past two years Mark has been in contact with the family of the late Mick Lynch who have fully supported the project. Mick’s sister Marie, who is the custodian of his work, sent copies of Mick’s song lyrics and poems, some of which has never been performed in public before.
The ambition is to create an original and unique music theatre experience which is both collaborative, innovative and engaging. Mick Lynch was a unique and highly influential artist who was at the forefront of Cork and Irelands’ music and arts scene for over thirty years. His influence on Cork’s cultural landscape has pervaded the city’s music and theatre community and remains undiminished since his passing in December 2015. The intention is not to produce a career retrospective of Mick Lynch’s past work; rather to create a unique music-theatre piece which is informed by his lyrics and poems and recasts this work in a fresh musical and performance setting so as to re-evaluate and preserve his song lyrics and poetry in the wider context of Cork’s cultural heritage.
More about the artists
Mark Wilkins is a musician, composer, songwriter and educator from Cork City where he lives and works. An active member of the live music scene in his native Cork and around the country for over twenty five years, he has performed and recorded a wide range of musical styles with various bands, songwriters and DJs as well as writing and performing original music for theatre groups such as Gare St. Lazare Players, Macnas, Theatre Lovett and Intersections. In recent years he has recorded and performed with the roots band Lazik, flamenco band Jaleo Y Palmas and singer songwriters Annette Buckley and Vicky Keating. Since 2009 he has recorded two albums of his songs with the Cork music collective ‘Autorickshaw’ as well as an album of instrumental compositions. He has also composed soundtracks for a series of documentaries about Cork’s built heritage for the Cork City Council/Cork Folklore Project. In 2015 he helped set up the Cork based music-theatre collective ‘Intersections’ and composed and performed music for their production ‘Friars Walk’ at that years Cork Midsummer’s Festival. In 2016 and 2017 he composed and recorded original music for three radio docu-drama series (‘Friars Walk’, ‘Jerusalem Passion’ and ‘A Christmas Postcard’) commissioned and broadcast by RTE Lyric FM. In June 2018 ‘Jerusalem Passion’ received a Finalist Certificate Award at the prestigious New York Radio Festival Awards. markwilkinsblog.wordpress.com
Dominic Moore is an actor, voice-over artist, puppeteer and writer from Cork where he lives and works. He began his theatrical career with Meridian, Feedback, Corcadorca and the Granary Theatre in Cork. His long association with RTE and television puppetry stemed from voiceover artist work for The Rimini Riddle and continued as a featured animatronics artist and writer for The Morbegs. His puppet character Basher Bacon became the presenter of The Swamp, which ran as RTE’s weekend and summer links programme for four years. Later Elvis McCarthy from Ballinascarthy from Sattitude became a popular children’s favourite. He was commissioned by RTE to develop, write and perform the pre-school programme Hubble, which became the flagship programme for RTEs Young People’s Programes. More recently in theatre, he has worked with the Gare St Lazare Ireland, as Pozzo in their acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot, touring to Shanghai and New York. Over the past year he has been performing his new self-penned one man show Mr Punch in Cork to rave reviews. Other more recent work include Jack and Erin Connoly in the Everyman Palace Theatre, Beneath our Feet for Painted Bird in St Multose Church, Kinsale, and Here’s a Penny in the CAT Club. He is an accomplished voice over artist with considerable experience in radio commercials, television promos, animation and film dubbing. http://dominicmoore.ie/
Vickie Keating is a Cork based singer/songwriter with many years experience singing, performing and recording with a broad range of artists .Since 2011 Vickie has worked extensively with Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott, providing harmony vocals on three Christy Moore albums; Folktale (2011), Where I Come From (2013) and Lily (2016) and on Declan Sinnotts’ second solo album Window On the World (2015). In 2015 she guested with Christy on the critically acclaimed compilation album Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl. In recent years she has toured the UK with Christy Moore, Declan Sinnott and Jimmy Higgins, playing prominent venues including the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury, 2015 as well as sold out shows at Vicar Street, Dublin, the Marquee in Cork and the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. In January of this year she guested at a sold out show at Vicar Street with Christy and renowned fiddle and banjo player Cathal Hayden. Vickie was also asked by Christy Moore to guest at a charity for the Children of Palestine, and requested to write a song for the occasion. Her song, The Money and the Machines, was performed at Vicar Street, September 2016. Vickie also featured on the 2016 documentary film Journey, about Christy Moore’s life in music. This film was shown several times on RTE and has been released on DVD. As well as recording and touring with Christy Moore, Vickie has also toured Ireland and the UK with Declan Sinnott. She was involved in a Nationwide special on Declan and sang her own material on a RTE Radio 1 special show hosted by Aidan Butler. In 2017 Vickie contributed vocals to ‘ A Christmas Postcard’ a docu-drama series commissioned and broadcast by RTE Lyric FM. Vickie is currently recording an album with her band From The Forest.
Ruti Lachs is an experienced and versatile multi-instrumentalist, performer, music educator, and composer from Liverpool, who has lived in Ireland for the last 28 years. She instigated Ireland’s first Klezmer band, The Fireflies, in 2003. In 2004 she produced a solo CD of original songs, Sleeping People. She has been in folk, klezmer, and jazz bands including Rumpus, FaBaRu, The Fireflies, and Gardenbird. Ruti performs children’s workshops, and occasionally a show for children, Stomping in Wonderland, with original songs based on the Alice in Wonderland story. In 2014, Ruti completed an MA in Community Music from University of Limerick. In 2013 she produced a CD of original songs for children, Stomping in the Woods. In 2016 Ruti formed Happiness Runs community music group in Killarney. In 2017 she devised and created a one woman show Sideways on Planet Piano and has been touring the piece around the country at festivals and art’s venues to great reviews. She is currently based in Cork.
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