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Brokentalkers bring acclaimed show to the Town Hall Theatre

Apr 21 2017

HAVE I No Mouth? has been called "one of the bravest shows I've ever seen" by the Huffington Post, and "an absorbing, wrenching, funny, and cathartic journey" by the Irish Independent. This month it comes to Galway.

The play, presented by the multi-award-winning Irish theatre company Brokentalkers, comes to the Town Hall Theatre on Tuesday April 25 at 8pm, and explores the changing nature of a relationship between a mother and a son in the aftermath of a tragedy.

Read the full article on the Advertiser website.

Have I No Mouth

Apr 21 2017

The opening to Brokentalkers', “Have I No Mouth” does not bode well. Once you’ve settled into your seat, a patronising psychotherapist sets about getting everyone grounded with a mindfulness exercise. Wonderful. Nearby, a Reiki spiritualist, new-age mother talks to her 39-year-old, still living at home son, a self-confessed exponent of really poor video art which he feels compelled to force on everyone. Utterly riveting. They psychobabble for a bit about death and the hereafter, discussing their conflicting experiences surrounding two deaths in the family; the death of her child, and his brother, Sean, who lived for 15 hours, and of another Sean, husband to her, father to him. Isn’t this sounding like just the best show ever. If ever there was a case of don't be too quick to judge on first impressions, this is it. For “Have I No Mouth” is indeed a wonderful, utterly riveting production, and a serious contender for Brokentalkers' best show ever.

Read the full article on the Arts Review website.

The impact of a death on those left behind

Apr 21 2017

Feidlim Cannon’s father Seán died in 2001 – a death that could have been prevented. In addition to coping with the loss of a husband and father, Seán’s wife, Anne, and his sons had to negotiate the minefield of taking legal action against the medical profession.

It was only when that the legal issue was sorted, eight years later, that the family could grieve properly, says Feidlim.

He is a writer and performer, and both were central to his grieving process. The result is Have I No Mouth, a powerful piece of theatre that explores the impact of a tragic death on those left behind.

The drama features Feidlim, but more surprisingly his mother Ann is also on stage too, despite having no background in theatre – previously a community activist, she is now a complementary health practitioner and inter-faith minister.

Read the full article on the Connacht Tribune website.

Acclaimed authors for Cúirt

Apr 21 2017

The 32nd Cúirt International Festival of Literature is bringing acclaimed authors Conor O’Callaghan and A.L. Kennedy to this year’s festival, which takes place from 23-30 April.

Conor O’Callaghan is the author of four books of poetry including Fiction (2005), which was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award; and most recently The Sun King (2013). An avid sports writer, O’Callaghan has also written a prose memoir Red Mist: Roy Keane and the Football Civil War, a bestseller that explores the public uproar surrounding Ireland’s involvement in the 2002 World Cup. Nothing on Earth (2016) is O’Callaghan’s first novel. Set in rural Ireland, it tells the haunting, mysterious yet often funny tale of a family living on an Irish ghost estate. It has been shortlisted for the prestigious Kerry Group Award.

Read the full article on the Galway Independent website.

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