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Cairde Sligo Arts Festival & Hawk's Well Theatre

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival & Hawk’s Well Theatre Present: Uprooted - Who Owns the Story

Members of the Uprooted creative team in conversation with Jess Majekodunmi

Uprooted is a collaborative theatre project which has been running for three years between a culturally diverse group of performers in Sligo, facilitated by Cairde Sligo Arts Festival (CSAF)and Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo (HWT). In 2019, CSAF commissioned Brokentalkers – an internationally renowned theatre company who have been described as ‘one of Ireland’s most fearless and path-breaking theatre companies’ - to create a performance with the group. The resulting piece, Uprooted, premiered in 2019 and explored in a darkly comic way the notion of acceptability and what it takes to fit into a place.

We planned to re-stage Uprooted and tour to Earagail Arts Festival this July 2021. However, the pandemic had other plans. To be able to continue collaborating, the creative team and Brokentalkers continued to work over zoom and have now come together with Invisible Thread Films to create a short film.

We are inviting viewers for a behind the scenes look at the creation of this work; meet the team as they talk about their involvement and the themes which arise. This event will be live streamed and we will be able to take questions and comments throughout.

The event will be hosted by Jess Majekodunmi, design historian and an innovation designer, and okay with contradictions. Jess is also a co-founding member of Beyond Representation, an organisation championing women of colour who are breaking new ground in Irish media, arts & business

Uprooted cast are: Abigail Ramaabya, Charmaine T Matonsi, Donovan Siziba, Elaine Hanson, Feidlim Cannon, Grace Moyo, Izzy Claffey, Melissa Mpofu, Nokwanda Siziba, Noreen Callaghan, Rosemary Chilufya

Co-directed by Gary Keegan & Feldim Cannon of Brokentalkers.

This event and the short film has been made possible by funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and with the support of partners Hawk's Well Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival and MSLETB.

Photo credit: Peter Martin. Photo taken during 2019 performance. 

'Uprooted’ is now available to watch on our YouTube channel until the 31st of July.