Two Upcoming Events with Smashing Times (12 & 15 Jan)

Through the Lens: Smashing Times Arts and Health Celebration Evening

For First Fortnight - Europe's Mental Health Arts Festival 2019

Saturday 12 January 2019, 7pm, The Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin 2

Compere for the Evening: Dil Wickremasinghe, journalist, broadcaster and co-founder of Insight Matters.

The event takes place at The Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin on Saturday 12 January 2019 at 7pm and features performances of A Day Out by Paul Kennedy performed by Killian Filan and Still I Rise by Maya Angelou performed by Mary Duffin, and music by singer Carla Ryan and Rónán Ó Snodaigh, musician, poet and lead vocalist with Kíla.

The evening features ‘Setting the Stage: A Panel Discussion on the Arts and Positive Mental Health and Well-Being’ followed by questions and answers with the audience. A fascinating panel of artists and mental health experts will explore what role the arts can play in promoting positive mental health and well-being. The panel will discuss the increase in mental health issues affecting society today and ask what role the arts can play in impacting our minds and bodies, and how can we develop a deeper appreciation of the value of creativity for promoting positive mental health and well-being into the future. Panel members are Senator Joan Freeman, Independent Senator and founder of Pieta House; Professor Paul Fearon, Consultant Psychiatrist, St Patrick's University Hospital; Ger Ryan, Actor; Mary Moynihan, writer, theatre and filmmaker, Artistic Director, Smashing Times and Lecturer, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama; and Rónán Ó Snodaigh, musician, poet and lead vocalist with Kíla.

Tickets: €5

Bookings: https://firstfortnight.ticketsolve.com/shows/873596678

For further information please contact the Smashing Times office on info@smashingtimes.ie or call us on +353 (0) 1 865 6613.

The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII Comes to Cork

Tuesday 15 January 2019, 7.30pm, Mall Arts Centre, Youghal

By acclaimed award-winning playwrights Mary Moynihan, Deirdre Kinahan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy

Imagined recreation of moments from the lives of women in WWII

‘Brilliant, moving, eye opening journey into stories of women’s bravery tonight. Well done to all involved’, Sarah Glennane, audience Member

Following a highly successful run in Germany as part of an international tour and a national and cross-border tour, The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII can now be seen at the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, County Cork on 15 January 2019 at 7.30pm.

Featuring guest speaker Clodagh Finn, feature writer, editor, trainer and author speaking about her book A Time to Risk All, the incredible untold story of Mary Elmes, the Irish woman who saved children from the Nazi concentration camps.

Women’s stories that have inspired the performance include Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II; Ettie Steinberg (1914-42)the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote her autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the name ‘Anonyma’ (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WWII as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army; Neus Català Pallejà (b.1915) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WWII and the only living Spanish survivor of Ravensbrück concentration camp for women; Maria Eugenia Jasińska (1906-43) from Łódź in Poland who worked for the resistance and gave up her own life rather than ‘name names’; and Dolores Ibárruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, communist and crusader against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry ‘They Shall Not Pass’.

Booking from http://themallartscentre.com/

T: +353 (0) 24 81823 M: +353 (0) 87 959 3276.

themallartscentre@gmail.com

Tickets €12/€10 conc.

The performance is followed by a post-show panel discussion with the artists and featuring invited guest speaker Clodagh Finn, writer, editor, trainer and author, who will be speaking about her book A Time to Risk All, the incredible untold story of Mary Elmes, the Irish woman who saved children from the Nazi concentration camps. Books available at a discounted price for this event only.