THESE ROOMS received unanimous critical acclaim when it was first presented in dilapidated Dublin building two years ago, as part of the centenary marking the Easter Rising. An intense, immersive blend of theatre, dance and visual art, it took as its starting point the testimonies of the 38 female witnesses to Dublin’s notorious North King Street Massacre in April 1916, when 15 civilian men were killed in house-to-house raids by British soldiers.
In this reimagined version co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, THESE ROOMS shares its focus between the civilians of North King Street and the young men of the South Staffordshire Regiment who committed the massacre – their identities largely anonymous, their actions controversially exonerated at a military enquiry. Created by two of Ireland’s most original companies, this riveting, thought-provoking work will shed new light on a long-forgotten but pivotal moment in British-Irish relations
LIFT Presentation | THESE ROOMS 2018 | June 2018
Installation | BEYOND THESE ROOMS | July – October 2018
Image: ANU+CoisCéim, Justine Cooper in TheseRooms, 2016. Photo credit: Pat Redmond