Hollywood inspires Moyross to tell its own story on stage

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

Hollywood glamour: Grace Dyas, Louise Donlon, Mike Fitzpatrick, Sheila Deegan, Lauren Larkin and Louise Lewis launching the project this week. Picture: Brian Gavin/Press 22
ON the green in Dalgaish Park, Moyross, stands seven large letters.

ON the green in Dalgaish Park, Moyross, stands seven large letters.

A little slice of Hollywood has come to the embattled estate in the form of a new theatre piece that aims to “shift perceptions” of it.

Backed by City of Culture and the Lime Tree, Dublin’s THEATREclub group have been working with the community on an ongoing basis since September - and now full time over the next four weeks - to devise a theatre piece that will allow residents that chance to “tell our side of the story”.

“The idea is that there is as much talent in Moyross as there is under the Hollywood sign,” explained Grace Dyas of THEATREclub.

“When I first got here I thought there was such a difference between the public perception about what this place is and what it really is.

“I thought, wouldn’t it be great to try and do something truthful, the reality of people’s experience here - and the only way to do that is to give them the voice themselves, give the stage over to them.”

The result will take to the stage in the Lime Tree from April 30-May 3, and theatre manager Louise Donlon said that “the exciting part of it is, that we don’t know what to expect”.

“I thought it was a great idea, and might turn everything on its head and get people to look at the community in a different way,” she said.

Mary Tobin, who is from Moyross and still works there with Ceim Ar Cheim probation project, said the theatre performance, to be shaped by the community themselves, was “a really positive thing”.

“I think it is positive because a lot of people are quiet and say nothing about what goes on here, so this is a great way to express it,” she said.

“The message it is trying to get across is to open people’s eyes. I will always say where I come from, remember where you are from, there is nothing wrong with it, it makes you who you aware.”

19-year-old Nathan Keane performed a rap at the launch this week and will take part in the production.

“It is our time to tell our side of the story - we are not going to make it too colourful, we are not going to make it look like it is all great, we will put in the bad stuff, but things are not as bad as they are portrayed as,” he said.