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Apr 29 2016
WillFredd to stage Care at Galway Theatre Festival
DUBLIN THEATRE ensemble WillFredd have only been around for five years but in that time have earned a reputation as one of Ireland’s most imaginative and exciting young companies. Now it brings its acclaimed show, Care, to the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday May 6 at 8pm as part of the Galway Theatre Festival.
WillFredd Theatre was founded in 2011 by co-artistic directors Sophie Motley and Sarah Jane Shiels, and producer Kate Ferris. The company’s work engages with contemporary culture, actively inviting new audiences into the theatre. Through ethical encounters between artists and communities of place, space and interest, the company develop theatre which responds to and represents elements of these communities. All of their productions entail extensive research and development.
WillFredd have had four productions to date: Follow focused on experiences of the Irish deaf community; Farm was about rural life, Jockey was a dance theatre piece drawing on the world of horse racing; and Care, first staged in 2014, delves into the world of hospice workers.
Fusing movement, live music, and text, every word, sound and image in Care is drawn from daily hospice life. It is a show about the people who add life to days, if not days to life. The action unfolds in a typical hospice where staff work around the clock. They make tea. They give baths. They paint nails. They refill syringe drivers. They throw clay at walls with children. Some pray. Some do not. Everyone they care for is dying, the staff help make their final days bearable.
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