Ireland’s housing crisis is played out in the heart of Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard in Brokentalkers’ vibrant and thought-provoking, re-imagining of The Passion of Christ, presented in partnership with Dublin’s Culture Connects, Dublin City Council and Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre and the people of Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard.
Brokentalkers’ version of The Passion is non-religious but it keeps the great themes of sacrifice, redemption and hope and explores them through the confrontation between a young homeless woman and a property developer.
From a corporate launch in a local hotel, to a Horse Show in the Cherry Orchard Equine Centre; a huge parade in the heart of Ballyfermot, and an intense encounter with the realities of our housing emergency; the audience will be challenged and enthralled by Brokentalkers’ theatrical vision. The Last Supper is re-imagined as a concert featuring the ‘Best of D10’, including Finbar Furey, Mary Byrne and The Beermats; while a local park will be the stage for the dramatic conclusion to the story. Professional actors Donal O’Kelly and Roxanna Nic Liam lead a cast made up of hundreds of local performers, musicians, dancers and singers.
At the heart of the project, which has been devised by Brokentalkers in workshops with local schools, secondary school students, youth groups, Men’s Sheds and Women’s groups, is the question of what makes a just and fair society and how a community should work towards that. The great themes of The Passion – sacrifice, redemption, resurrection and hope – are finding a resonance in the stories emerging from these workshops conducted by Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon of Brokentalkers.
One of the big issues and concerns to emerge is that of housing and homelessness. During The Passion Project the audience will have several encounters with the very brutal realities of Ireland’s housing crisis. The Jesus figure, played by actress Roxanna Nic Liam, will be portraying a homeless person. Her arrival in the area leads to confrontations with local property developers and those in authority and prompts the community to question what kind of society they want to build. A community drama such as The Passion Project can enable dialogue and discussion about local issues in ways that conventional community meetings cannot. Brokentalkers are highly skilled in supporting communities to find ways to tell their stories and voice their concerns.
The Passion, whether you approach if from a faith perspective or not, is part of our cultural DNA and this production will be both respectful and inclusive. The drama will be framed within the concerns and history of the people of Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard and illuminate the area’s talents, energy and spirit.
The Passion Project is a partnership of Dublin’s Culture Connects, Dublin City Council and Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre and the people of Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard.
Writer and Director Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon and their team: Sarah Foley, Jack Cawley, Barry O’Donovan and Ger Clancy.
Brokentalkers are a multi-award winning Dublin based theatre company. Under the artistic directorship of Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan, since 2003 Brokentalkers have built a reputation as one of Ireland’s most innovative and original theatre companies by making formally ambitious work that defies categorization. This work has been presented in a variety of spaces, ranging from theatres to public spaces, disused sites and the Internet.
“Brokentalkers, one of the country’s most fearless and path breaking theatre companies” The Irish Times
Dublin City Council:
South Central Area Office (Peter J. Finnegan, Mary Noonan)
The South Central Area is one of 5 administrative areas used by Dublin City Council to co-ordinate the delivery of services in the city. The area has a population of approximately 105,000 and is located in the south-west quadrant of Dublin City, south of the Liffey and stretching from Lower Kimmage Road / Sundrive Road/ Clogher Road to Chapelizod. It has many well-established communities and neighbourhoods including the Liberties, Inchicore, Chapelizod, Ballyfermot, Bluebell, Drimnagh, Rialto, Crumlin and Walkinstown.
City Arts Office (Ray Yeates)
The City Arts Office assists artists and communities to enhance their contributions to and experiences within the arts. The City Arts Office is part of Dublin City Council’s Culture Recreation Amenity and Community Department. The City Arts Office works in partnership with other Dublin City Council sections, and in particular with those concerned with arts and cultural programming and provision. It holds a specialised remit to practice the arts, participate in the arts, develop audiences for the arts, and work with other City Sections to maximise opportunity for the public to engage in the arts, and particularly to improve access to the arts.
Dublin City Libraries’ mission is to maximise opportunity for all – individuals and communities – through guided access to ideas, learning, literature, information and heritage resources supported by cultural programming.
The aim of The Passion Project is to create an inclusive, participatory, multi-disciplinary arts event which will illuminate the community experience in Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard, and engage local schools, community and voluntary organisations and provide a creative space for them to work with each other. In the longer term, Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre hopes The Passion Project will build on last year’s successful community drama, Lost Voices, and lay the groundwork for a permanent Arts and Culture organisation for the D10 area.
Saturday 8th April
2pm – Aspect Hotel, Park West, start of The Passion Project
3pm – Cherry Orchard Equine Centre, Horse Show
3.30pm – Community Parade from Equine Centre along Blackditch Road to near Civic Centre
4.30pm – Community Forum, Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre
Sunday 9th April
2pm – Ballyfermot Library – Staged performance highlighting personal stories of the housing crisis (30 mins)
5pm – Ballyfermot College of Further Education – The Best of D10 – Concert featuring Mary Byrne, The Beermats, Nugget. Doors at 4.30pm. Tickets €10 – proceeds to Simon Community
6.45pm – Procession from BCFE to The Church of the Assumption
7pm – Church of the Assumption – The Messenger goes on trial
7.15pm – Procession from Church to Markievicz Park
7.30pm – Markievicz Park – Crucifixion and Resurrection