Frequency 783 is the latest piece from Brokentalkers, the multi award-winning company, which will premier at the Dublin Theatre Festival. In this bold new production Brokentalkers examine perspectives on health, ageing and the future from the point of view of two very different generations. On stage a teenage boy foresees his own death, while a woman in her sixties predicts that in the future robots will make better care-givers to the elderly, as they would never lose patience or become abusive. Featuring an original soundtrack by Seán Millar (aka Doctor Millar) and choreography by Jessica Kennedy (junk ensemble), Frequency 783 explores the hopes and fears of people who imagine a future that they may never have a chance to realise.
Abacus A Short Film
Upstate Theatre Project and Brokentalkers present ABACUS.
Featuring a community cast of senior citizens ABACUS is a short film that explores the participants' dreams, hopes and fears for the future. The film was developed over several months through a process of writing workshops with the participants and artists Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan.
Organised in collaboration with Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine festival - celebrating creativity as we age. The early workshops looked at recovery of stories and memories. Later workshops examined the Future and how we build strategies to avoid, cope, and reason our own mortality.
At breakfast Joan and her husband Gerry make s decision about their future. Joan's busy day of activity is interwoven with the thoughts of the future from other senior citizens who live in the town.
ABACUS is an intimate exploration of dreams, hopes and fears for the future.
ABACUS had it’s Premier at the Cork indie Film Festival
Have I No Mouth
Have I No Mouth Total Theatre Award winner at Edinburgh fringe for Innovation, Experimentation, and playing with Form.
Have I no mouth is a powerful piece of Theatre that explores the changing nature of the relationship between a mother and son in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Written and performed by Feidlim Cannon and his mother Ann, the production takes a brave, unflinching look at their past and attempts to piece together the truth, whilst exploring different ways we heal ourselves after the unthinkable happens. Ann and Feidlim are joined on stage by professional psychotherapist Erich Keller.
Have I no mouth is a devised performance incorporating Brokentalkers’ trademark style of mixing documentary material with breathtaking theatricality, which has established them as one of most important theatre companies to emerge in Ireland in recent years.
Have I no mouth Premiered at the Dublin Theatre Festival
"Gentle and forlorn, angry and yearning."
- The New York Times
"One of the bravest shows I've ever seen...
you should definitely go and see Have I No Mouth."
- Huffington Post
- Time Out New York
"Deeply moving...enormous power...Viscerally
emotional...You become intertwined with it."
- Exeunt Magazine
"A brave and strikingly candid show...heart-breaking and optimistic..."
"Powerful and unassuming..."
- Front Row Center
“Fantastic Theatre, a must see, honest and brave”
★★★★★ Neue Presse Hannover, Germany
“A unique insight into the eccentricities of a normal family that makes for compulsive viewing”
Three Weeks Edinburgh ★★★★★
"Startlingly original... refreshingly honest."
The Times UK ★★★★
“Impressively honest. Profoundly engaging, riveting, utterly compelling. Brokentalkers most concentrated angry and discreetly political show yet”
The Irish Times ★★★★
The Blue Boy
The Award winning The Blue Boy deals with the experiences of men and women who were incarcerated as children in Catholic residential care institutions.
The Blue Boy combines a highly physical live performance alongside recorded testimony from former residents of institutions and gives a fresh theatrical voice to recently revealed stories of child abuse in Ireland.
This powerful and haunting show premiered as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.
The Blue Boy is a co-production with Dublin Theatre Festival, LÓKAL Theatre Festival Reykjavík, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen, Korjaamo Theatre/ Stage Festival Helsinki, Cork Mid-summer Festival. The Blue Boy is supported by Festival Firsts – Electrifying Irish Arts With support from Culture Ireland
Winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Festival kontakt Poland
powerfully physical, haunting material ****four stars - Financial Times
Brokentalkers' The Blue Boy- Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon
Brokentalkers' The Blue Boy- Sean Millar
Brokentalkers' The Blue Boy- Eddie Kay
Commissioned by Bealtaine, the nationwide celebration of creativity in older age with Support from The Abbey Theatre.
Silver Stars is a moving and eloquent song-cycle, which tells the truly extraordinary real-life stories of older gay Irishmen. Men in search of happiness and fulfillment, in a country that was challenged by their very existence.
Based on celebrated singer/songwriter Seán Millar’s interviews with gay men from Dublin to New York, these songs capture tales of love, loss, family, spirituality, defiance and joy.
Silver Stars premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival.
“This beautifully crafted show is a truly wonderful experience. I am left feeling honored to have been presented with these very personal and deeply moving tales” (Theatre view New Zealand)
In Real Time
A Project arts Centre commission with support from the British Council.
In Real Time is a performance piece that takes place in two cities simultaneously. In each city two people who have never met before engage in a long-distance relationship
Brokentalkers innovative and technically daring web-based performance explores the attempts people make to connect and the limitations of technology when dealing with physical absence.
Thank you Gob squad for being a mentor on In Real Time.
Thank you to Campo for your support.
“It’s thought provoking, beautifully crafted and quite brilliant”
This Is Still Life
Brokentalkers and Dublin Youth Theatre mark DYT's 30th anniversary with This Is Still Life, a theatrical séance where dead memories are brought back to life through half remembered stories, re-enactments of classic T.V shows and interviews with old childhood toys.
This Is Still Life
In association with Project Arts Centre and Dublin City Council
Track is a site specific performance, which takes the audience on a journey into the heart of multicultural Dublin. Using audio technology and live performance, Track offers an insight into life in an ever-changing city from the point of view of its newer inhabitants. Track is a piece in which the stories of the ‘new Dubliners' are played out in a language of sights and sounds. The work is also concerned with creating a greater understanding between the people who call this city their home.
"It is a gently disarming piece designed to amuse and surprise, rendering a familiar city viewed through new eyes"
On This One Night
On This One Night with support from Dublin Fringe Festival Project Arts Centre and Dublin Docklands
Through a city you thought you knew, along alleyways you didn’t know existed, arriving in an apartment that seems like any other. You will be taken in to the belly of the beast and be shown whom your neighbors really are. You will break the law and get away with it, visit a stranger’s house and drink his wine, witness at least two miracles and laugh as a man suffocates in front of you. It’s one hell of a party and you are invited! Presented in association with Project Arts Centre.
Winner Sexiest Production and Best Female Performer awards, Dublin Fringe Festival
“The journey unfolds like a feverish dream haunted by warped specters of the post-modern condition, Inventive and strangely beautiful…. The piece makes a bold attempt to re-imagine the city” (Irish Theatre magazine)
God Bless America
Brokentalkers explore the American influence on world culture and politics and attempt to discover what the attraction is.
Relaying solely on mediated information and using references to popular American culture, TV, film, news and music, the performers will embark on a journey to discover the real America.
The performers suffer identity crises and extreme mental and physical trauma on their quest to find true the American Identity.
It's now 16 or 17...
Brokentalkers investigate a classic emigration narrative to produce the live art performance of It’s now 16 or 17.
Through destruction of a classic text, potent visual imagery and multi media, the performance attempts to get to the heart of a common Irish narrative