is a Public Art programme run by Fingal County Council. I was awarded a commission in 2018 under the Collaborations strand to work over a 3 year period (2019-2021) with communities in the East Fingal (Skerries/Rush/Balbriggan) region, on a series of performances.
PHASE 1: Rush & Lusk – “The Green Belt”
“The Green Belt” has now been launched as the first active project (July 2020). A public meeting was held at The Millbank Theatre to invite people from the communities of Rush and Lusk to take part in a drama process which will examine changes in the local society and landscape over 50 years. At present (January 2021) fifteen people are continuing active creative workshops and local history research via Zoom and other online platforms. It is intended that an innovative theatre event will come from this, with members of Rush Dramatic Society and others presenting a drive-around performance at various outdoor locations in the area, from town streets and parks to fields and glasshouses to the beach!
PHASE 2: Skerries & Loughshinny: “Sea Songs – an Oratorio”
Initially intended as the first part of the ‘trilogy’ this was deferred from 2019 to 2020 due to changes in the structures and working programme of the Skerries Sea Sharps choir who are to be a key partner. I will work with children from St. Brendan’s National School in Loughshinny and St Patrick’s NS in Skerries to collect stories of the maritime life of East Fingal – the fishing, the sailing, the beaches, the geology and ecology. This material will feed into a cycle of songs to be composed for a one-off choral concert with spoken word, photography and song – capturing the wonder and power of the sea and the lives of those who live near it. The deferred project was due to commence in 2020, but due to COVID 19 has been moved again and will now take place after, rather than before, “The Green Belt”
PHASE 3: Balbriggan: “Living Together”
The Balbriggan project will take place in 2021 and will look at the positive successes as well as the challenges faced by the community as the town has changed over 30 years from a small and relatively monocultural centre of traditional industry to a huge satellite conurbation that is home to a fantastic diversity of cultures. Dialogues will take place with a range of schools and community projects over the winter of 2020-21 to build towards an inclusive and future-facing community theatre project, to culminate late in 2021.