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FRI 16 SEP 2016

Áras an Uachtaráin

  • Time: 5.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Genre: Heritage, Music, Theatre, Tour
  • Tel: 016171000
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For the third year, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and his wife, Sabina, are delighted to open Áras an Uachtaráin to the public on Culture Night. Visitors will be welcomed on hour-long tours and will enjoy musical & theatrical performances. Booking essential via (closing date 31 August). Tickets are allocated on a lottery basis.

Elsafty, Armstrong & Browne
This trio present the scintillating voice of one of Ireland’s finest sean-nós singers, Róisín Elsafty together with the very rare and meltingly beautiful sound of the medieval Irish harp, played by Ireland’s foremost historical harpist, Siobhán Armstrong, woven with the diverse colours of Ronan Browne’s flutes, whistles and 170-year-old pipes. From sparkling songs to harp laments and old pipes “pieces”, we are given a glimpse of the unique sound of early Ireland. Being present at the coming together of these three musical minds, with their deep fascination love and respect for that past which created our present, makes for a warm, informative and joyous cultural experience.

Smashing Times Theatre Company
Smashing Times is a professional theatre company involved in performance, training and participation. The work of the company is underpinned by a rights-based approach and a commitment to artistic excellence and social engagement. The company was established in 1991 by a group of women actors who met at the Focus Theatre, Dublin. The company creates original performances to explore a range of social and political themes relevant to people's lives and to encourage cross-border and cross-community communication.

1. Guests arriving at Áras an Uachtaráin between 3pm and 5pm will see a Smashing Times Theatre Company performance of:

Constance (3pm to 5pm)
Performed by Roisin Mac Atamney
Written and directed by Mary Moynihan, with poetry extracts from Eva Gore Booth

In this monologue, Countess Markievicz (Constance Gore-Booth) speaks to us about her memories of the 1916 Easter Rising and her time in prison, remembering her sister Eva Goore-Booth. Constance was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons and first female Cabinet Minister in Europe.

2. Guests arriving at Áras an Uachtaráin between 7pm and 9pm will see a Smashing Times Theatre Company performance of:

Grace and Joe (7pm to 9pm)
Performed by Carla Ryan
Written and directed by Mary Moynihan, based on writings and witness statements from Joseph Mary Plunkett and Grace Gifford, with writing input from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama actors.

In this piece, Grace Gifford tells the story of her time with Joseph Mary Plunkett, one of the leaders executed after the 1916 Easter Rising and the youngest signatory to the Irish Proclamation and how they were married in Kilmainham Gaol chapel seven hours before his execution.

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