EVA is a Hawk's Well Production in commemoration of Eva Gore-Booth.
The world premiere of EVA – a brand new production from Hawk’s Well Theatre - commemorates the life and work of one of Sligo’s radical revolutionaries, Eva Gore-Booth. The follow-up to the hugely successful and critically acclaimed CONSTANCE, both shows are intrinsically linked; not just through the familial connection of their subjects but also in their approach, scale and creative teams.
A talented and prolific writer, Eva, the younger sister of Constance de Markievicz, was a fierce social revolutionary, pacifist, and feminist, who rejected her privileged heritage, challenged the accepted social structures of her time, and fought passionately for gender and class equality throughout her life.
Says show creator, Kellie Hughes, who also wrote and directed CONSTANCE: “I found Eva and her life and work through creating CONSTANCE for the Hawk’s Well Theatre. She was an incredible human being and artist...a leading light in the struggle for the vote and a champion of working women’s rights. Her writing on gender equality is also very important, to our time as much as her own.”
Inspired by Eva’s partner Esther Roper’s assertion that “to follow the procession of her poems is to see and understand the story of her inner life”, Hughes charts Eva’s inner life, adapting her poetry and combining it with original compositions by Stephen Doherty.
Speaking about bringing EVA to life with Hughes, Stephen, who himself played a key role in CONSTANCE enthuses; “Finding a musical voice for Eva’s words and ideas has been such a rewarding process. The rich blend of musicality within the group led by Kellie who is masterful at fusing words and music together has brought this incredible figure to life.
Developed in collaboration with an octet of traditional and classical musicians that includes Niamh Crowley, Seana Davey, Stephen Doherty, David Doocey, Niamh Farrell, Jim Higgins, Eddie Lee and Marie O’Byrne, EVA is a rich musical celebration of the life, work and redoubtable spirit of Eva Gore-Booth.
The show receives its world premiere at Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo on Thurs 8 Sept – Fri 9 Sept, at 8pm, and Sat 10 Sept - Sun 11 Sept, at 3pm & 6pm.
Tickets, priced €25/12.50 u18s (plus booking fees) are available now. For enquiries or to book, visit www.hawkswell.com or call 071-9161518.