The Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Co Down
Date: Tuesday, 25th September 2018
Boxoffice: 028 3031 3180
Quintessence Theatre (In association with An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk) proudly present
An islandwide Tour of their powerful original play exploring mental illness in Ireland
“I’m falling between the cracks in myself, and I don’t know how to crawl back out…”
Quintessence Theatre use their innovative physical ensemble story-telling techniques mingled with multi-media platforms of film and music to poignantly explore the profound struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.
In this darkly comic and deeply moving new play, an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged from those she loves and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness.
First devised by the company in 2016 and directed by Anna Simpson (a Creative Associate of the Pleasance and Practitioner with the Globe, London), this new work, already revived multiple times for sell out runs, seeks to expose the lived experience of battling a severe mental illness in an inefficient and unsympathetic system through the eyes of one young woman.
Fiona Keenan O’Brien
Directed by Anna Simpson
Executive Producer Paul Hayes
Trailer Filmed & edited by Steven Larkin – Quintessence Videographer
“Brave, daring and innovative…has a virtuoso flair and arresting boldness. A substantial piece of theatre” – Northern Standard
'Went to see this amazing play last night! I have to say it was brilliant! It portrays a young persons struggle with their mental health and demonstrates how those around also struggle to understand.’ - Bairbre Kelly, Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
Other Tour Dates:
7th September – Draoicht, Blanchardstown
13th September – An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk
19th September – Civic Theatre, Tallaght
21st September – Dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum
22nd September – glór, Ennis
25th September – Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Down
27th September – The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh
29th September – Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
2nd October – Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
4th October – The Town Hall Studio, Galway
5th October – St John’s Theatre and Arts Centre, Listowel
6th October – Belltable, Limerick
9th October – Garage Theatre, Monaghan
10th October – Axis, Ballymun
13th October – Friar’s Gate Theatre and Art Gallery, Kilmallock
16th October – Waterside Theatre, Derry-Londonderry
17th October – Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
20th October – Ards Arts at the Web Theatre, Newtownards
NB - Each performance is followed by a short post-show discussion with the cast/director & a mental health professional.
This 18 venue islandwide tour of CRACKS is funded by the Arts Council (An Chomhairle Ealaíon) and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
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About Quintessence Theatre
Founded in 2015 by director Anna Simpson as the inaugural Theatre Company in Residence of the An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Quintessence dedicates itself to exploring the human condition through the most theatrical means available to us: the actor themselves, their imagination, and embracing the live relationship between actor and audience.
We believe in play; we believe in collaboration; we believe in amplifying voices not always heard; and we believe in the democraticisation of art: that it should reach people beyond the cultural hubs of large urban populations; that great work can be made from modest means if you have those quintessential elements: a story, a performer, and audience.
We harness the full potential of the actor’s body through heightened physical approaches, mime and a playful ensemble. We seek to surprise, move and provoke our audiences, entertaining them and creating dynamic, innovative, visceral, compassionate story-telling that finds the new in the familiar, and touches on urgent issues at the heart of Irish society here and now.
Quintessence is run by its core members: performer and Company Manager Leah Rossiter, performer and Producer Anthony Kinahan, performer and Company Liaison Fiona Keenan O’Brien, and led by founder and Artistic Director Anna Simpson.
Previous productions include: The Star of Chester’s Lane (Drogheda Arts Festival Commission Winner 2018), The Deadly Wizard of Oz (2018), Some of Our Children (2018), Romeo & Juliet (2017), The Wind in the Willows (2017), The Warrior of the Táin (2017), Dracula (2017), Grimm Tales (2016), Hamlet (2016), Vessel (2015 & 2016), Alice in Wonderland (2015) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (2015).