I forgot to mention in my January listings Smashing Times and their ‘Acting For Change’ initiative in Donegal. The project utilises drama and theatre activities within Donegal to engage participants to explore themes that are a consequence of the conflict in Northern Ireland and the Southern Border counties.
As part of the initiative the company present Shattering Glass – an original production developed from an extensive period of research, workshops and interviews. The play explores memories, conflicts, and trauma through the portrayal of intense and dramatic experiences. The play opens at Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey on the 11th, and then moves to Ramelton Town Hall on the 12th, Colgan Community and Resource Centre in Carndonagh the 13th, and the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on the 14th.
I really admire Smashing Times’ ethos of communal collaboration and social engagement. Turning their gaze to the traumatic history of Northern Ireland makes brilliant sense, and I’m really glad that someone is focusing theatre towards the cultural resonances of the nation’s darkest times.