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EVA

A new commission by Hawk’s Well Theatre with Kellie Hughes and musician Stephen Doherty.

EVA, a unique new production from Hawk's Well Theatre, commemorates the life and work of one of Sligo’s radical revolutionaries, Eva Gore-Booth. The younger sister of Constance de Markievicz, Eva 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. A talented and prolific writer, Eva authored nineteen volumes of poetry, scores of philosophical prose, political writing, and seven plays. 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”, creator Kellie Hughes charts Eva’s inner life, adapting her poetry and combining original compositions by Stephen Doherty, developed in collaboration with an octet of traditional and classical musicians, to create EVA, a rich sonic experience celebrating the life, legacy and redoubtable spirit of Eva Gore-Booth.

Created by Kellie Hughes & Stephen Doherty.

Performers: Niamh Crowley, Seana Davey, Stephen Doherty, David Doocey, Niamh Farrell, Jim Higgins, Eddie Lee & Marie O’Byrne.

In 2019 Hawk’s Well Theatre commissioned & produced Constance at Lissadell Church. Written and directed by Kellie Hughes, Constance reflected on Constance’s life and legacy and featured an octet of traditional Irish and classical musicians. Constance combined original compositions by Michael Rooney with Constance’s prose and poetry to create a rich sonic experience that celebrated one of Ireland’s most iconic figures.