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Monday 22 July 2019

New work examines cultural diversity

Brokentalkers Uprooted, a new theatre work produced by Cairde Sligo Arts Festival in association with Hawk's Well Theatre, is set to première this July in Sligo a part of the annual arts festival programme of events.

Brokentalkers is one of Ireland's most fearless and path-breaking theatre companies. They devise original, accessible live performance for audiences by collaborating with communities, drawing on the skills and experiences of contributors.

They produce works of artistic excellence as well as providing quality arts experiences for participants. Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, with support from MSLETB and Creative Ireland, Uprooted explores the experience of new communities in Sligo. The show itself has been developed and will be performed by a culturally diverse group of community performers living in Sligo and based on their personal experiences.

Brokentalkers have been engaged with the cast in a series of development workshops and rehearsals since the beginning of January 2019 to collaboratively create this piece. The work explores in a darkly comic way the notion of acceptability and how newcomers to land can experience varying degrees of acceptance depending on where they have come from and how they assimilate to a new culture by abandoning their own. Taking the form of a competition to decide who is acceptable, Uprooted explores prejudices and asks what we are afraid of. The cast is made up of Noreen Callaghan, Isabel Claffey, Rosemary Chilufya, Elaine Hanson, Donovan Siziba, Nokwanda Siziba, Abigail Ramaabya, Charmaine Madonsi. Melissa Mpofu and Grace Moyo. Showtimes are at 8pm on Thursday, July 11th & Friday, July 12th, and 1pm on Saturday, July 13th. Tickets are €12 or €6 concession and are available www.cairdefestival.com or at the Hawk's Well Theatre on 071 9161518.

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