Internationally acclaimed show comes to Murroe

Twinsome Minds interprets the Easter Rising for a new generation on Monday evening

Donal O'Regan


Donal O'Regan

Internationally acclaimed show comes to Murroe

Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher have left audiences “deeply moved” in America and Europe

A MULTIMEDIA performance that brings the Easter Rising to life for a new generation is coming to Murroe after gracing stages in the capital cities of Paris, Stockholm, Lisbon, as well as Boston and New York in America.

Twinsome Minds is a performed lecture with text by Richard Kearney and moving images by Sheila Gallagher. It takes place in the Muintir na Tire hall at 8pm on Monday, June 13. Later in the year it will play to audiences in Los Angeles and New Jersey so it really is a treat to have it in County Limerick.

Through an interplay of storytelling, animations, music and poetry, Twinsome Minds “mines what is often lost behind official historical accounts and acts of commemoration, and proposes a transformative work of interpreting Dublin’s Easter Rising for a new generation”.

It reimagines a series of micro-narratives surrounding 1916 in Dublin and the WWI battlefields of Belgium. 

“The stories and images of eclipsed history concentrate on ‘twinned’ pairs – family members, neighbours, school friends, lovers – who ended up on opposite sides during this time of great upheaval in British-Irish relations. The various scenes explore crossings of memory and imagination, anecdote and legend, history and myth – as well as loyalty and love. They are framed and retold by writer and philosopher, Richard Kearney with screen projections by the artist, Sheila Gallagher, and original music score by Dana Lyn.”

Richard Kearney is a writer, professor and cultural organizer of several international projects, while Sheila Gallagher is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and professor of art at Boston College. 

The Boston Globe said: “Kearney’s and Gallagher’s multimedia presentation shows how the 1916 centenary is a cause for commemoration but also for reflection towards the future”. 

Anne Davenport, of The Boston Musical Intelligencer, wrote in her review, “The audience of the packed hall was deeply moved and a remarkable sense of well-being was magically infused into all of us”.

The Muintir na Tire hall is sure to be packed too. Tickets, €5, from local shops. Not only will the audience see an internationally acclaimed show, they will also be treated the very best of local talent with musical appearances by the Murroe Church Choir directed by Marian Neville; Noirin Ni Rian; Paddy O’Connor and Sean Hogg, Niamh Cusack.