All rise for ‘Smashing Times’ the Troubles through dance

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Smashing Times Theatre Company is delighted to bring ‘Uprising,’ a fusion of text, movement and dance to the Alley Theatre on Thursday 29th March at 8pm.

Smashing Times Theatre is delighted to perform at Alley Arts as part its Memory Project tour to Northern Ireland and southern border county venues

Uprising explores memories and experiences of war and peace in Northern Ireland and internationally and asks why do we kill for a cause, why do we die for a cause. Scripted by Tara Mc Kevitt, devised by Smashing Times Theatre and directed by Mary Moynihan and with a fabulous cast including Mark Flynn, Paul Nolan, Evelyn Shaw, Margaret Toomey, Adam Traynor this production is drawn from interviews, research, speeches, poems, archive video and new writing.

The Troubles seen through the eyes of the rap, hip-hop, dance generation, Uprising juxtaposes stories from the past with contemporary music and rap in an epic, cutting-edge, multi- disciplinary production fusing text, movement, compelling pop-music, modern dance and the rapping of ancestral voices. A young DJ attempts to lose himself through music and dance in a Belfast warehouse as the flag protests rage outside. His friend argues with his ‘passivity’, he challenges her ‘call to arms’.

Uprising explores memories and experiences of war in Northern Ireland and internationally. Performances followed by post-show discussions with the artists and invited guest speaker Jim Arbuckle, Good Relations Facilitator.

Uprising is performed as part of The Memory Project, an innovative, ground breaking arts project using drama, storytelling events, theatre and a television documentary to deal with the past history of conflict and to promote a peaceful and shared future for all.

The project is funded by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme and managed by Special Programmes body www.seupb.eu

Tickets are free but booking essential. For more information contact the Alley Box Office on 028 7138 4444 or online www.alley-theatre.com