Thursday 24 January 2019

Fashion, family and suffrage movement in Mermaid Centre

Autumn Royal, a new play by Kevin Barry
Autumn Royal, a new play by Kevin Barry

There is plenty on offer this month at the Mermaid Arts Centre.

On Monday, May 14, at 8 p.m. there will be a screening of the Divine Order. The film is set in 1971 and tells the story of young housewife and mother Nora who is living in a quaint little village in Switzerland with her husband and their two sons.

The rural area is untouched by the major social upheavals the revolutionary movement of 1968 has brought about elsewhere. Nora's life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody - until she starts to publicly fight for women's suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot.

Despite obstacles and backlash Nora becomes a hero as she overthrows the status quo.

On Monday, May 21 at 8 p.m. there will be a screening of Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist.

The film shows how since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne's fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan.

Lorna Tucker's debut film is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand's integrity, her principles and her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit and global expansion.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and May 23, a new play by Kevin Barry will be staged. Autumn Royal tells the story of May and Timothy who are looking after the father - the father has long since taken to the bed. Their own lives are curtailed, closed down, and they're not getting any younger. Should they stay or should they go? A dark, dark comedy, set on the northside of Cork city.

Autumn Royal is a play about life and death, love and hate, hysterical dependency, jealousy, rage, horror, and homicidal notions - or, in other words, it's a play about a family.

Kevin Barry is the multi-award winning writer of the novels Beatlebone and City Of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies The Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. Autumn Royal is his first piece written originally for stage and was acclaimed by critics and the public alike during its world premiere run at the Everyman in 2017.

It is presented by The Everyman and Kevin Barry. Directed by Caitríona McLaughlin it stars Siobhán McSweeney and Peter Campion.

Tickets for all three events are available from the Mermaid on 01-2724030 or at

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