DUBLIN TENEMENT EXPERIENCE

http://www.dublintenementexperience.com

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An incredible, emotional and visceral glimpse into the life of two families during the 1913 Lockout” – Sara Keating, The Irish Times

 

As well as being gripping and immediate, the drama is strikingly complex. It plunges us into human dilemmas – the attraction and repulsion of violence, the frightful cost of struggle, the tensions between individual and collective imperatives. It is deeply concerned with the dignity of the people it portrays, yet utterly devoid of heroic rhetoric or cheap sentiment. It shows, in 35 highly charged minutes, how memory does not have to be morbid and how thoughtful commemoration differs from mindless celebration.” – Fintan O’Toole The Irish Times (27.07.2013)

 

* * * * *  ” There’s something extraordinary when a spectator identifies the pain of a character and is willing to duet along with the actor… Of course, the participation of the audience is also a testament to the actors at work and their abilities to create a powerful illusion. It has to be said that ANU Productions work with some of the best actors in the country… The heart of this house will show you the heart of a people, as well as the impossible times that break it. It’s closer to 1913 than you’ve ever been” – Chris Mc Cormack (Musings in Intermission)

 

Living_the_LockoutDublin Tenement Experience – Living The Lockout, was a live interactive experience created by a partnership of Dublin City Council, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Irish Heritage Trust. The 1913 Dublin Lockout was a major industrial dispute between approximately 20,000 workers and 300 employers which took place in Ireland’s capital city of Dublin. The dispute lasted from 26 August 1913 to 18 January 1914, and is often viewed as the most severe and significant industrial dispute in Irish history. Central to the dispute was the workers’ right to unionise.

Running daily from 10-6pm until 31st August, We allowed the building of 14 Henrietta Street and the architecture of the house itself to take focus and provide a forensic site of investigation. We wanted to create an experience that explored what it might have been like to really live with (and inside) the lockout. Because the Lockout itself is rich in complexity, it allows for complexity of individual situations and allows the interpretation to weave through it, generating and developing its own energy. Chronicling the high-octane revolutionary ideals of the young striking brothers at the start of the Lockout, through the bleakest of Christmas times for a young mother and finally the prospect of the strikers giving in and returning to work in January (albeit with the spirit of change in their hearts).

The scripts (driven from documentary material such as letters from our actor Laura Murray’s grandmother) are expressive and evocative rather than just explanatory and embody the context, authenticity and dynamics of the Lockout. We wanted to capture the very essence of the time and of the place, the sense of community and support and solidarity against the backdrop of the most important socialist revolution in our nation’s history.

LINK TO FULL PRODUCTION (ANU/ICTU and Tailored Films)

DUBLIN TENEMENT EXPERIENCE CREATED BY:

  • Owen Boss
  • Lloyd Cooney
  • Kelly Fitzgerald
  • Will Irvine
  • Peter Jordan
  • Carl Kennedy
  • Louise Lowe
  • Niamh Lunny
  • Laura Murray
  • Bairbre Ni hAodha
  • Eric O’Brien

Living The Lockout (2013)

Dublin Tenement Experience 2013
Dublin Tenement Experience 2013
Living The Lockout (2013)
Living The Lockout (2013)
Dublin Tenement Experience 2013
Dublin Tenement Experience 2013
Living The Lockout (2013)
Living The Lockout (2013)

Living The Lockout (2013)

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-is-the-way-to-the-heart-when-commemorating-a-centenary-1.1476289

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/lockout-look-in-tenement-life-up-close-and-personal-1.1479726?page=1

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