One of the most anticipated and ambitious theatre productions to be staged in Ireland this year is currently in rehearsal in Derry in preparation for its world premiere at Ebrington Square. The Conquest of Happiness which will have its world premiere in Derry next weekend, is an avant garde, daring and epic show, and one of the highlights of the City of Culture programme for 2013. Featuring a unique and visually dynamic set comprised of military vehicles, the open air performance at the city’s Ebrington Square will push the boundaries of what makes modern theatre promising two raw, emotive and powerful nights on a bold scale.
Combining an exciting mix of theatre, live music and dance alongside a people’s choir of adults and young people from the city, the show will place the audience directly into the heart of the performance. Choir rehearsals are already underway, but places are still available for singers who would like the opportunity to feature in one of the last major dramatic productions of the cultural year. The action will centre on a dramatic combination of first-hand accounts and dramatizations of some of the 20th and 21st century’s most horrific acts of war, presenting the theory that, even faced with atrocity, humanity has the ability to find happiness.
This multi-sensory experience, which is directed by the acclaimed Haris Pasovic in his Ireland debut, is inspired by the writings of pacifist Bertrand Russell who penned the book of the same name. The Conquest of Happiness, which was commissioned by the Culture Company as part of the UK City of Culture 2013 celebrations, will contextualize Russell’s writing against some of the most horrific acts of war of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Conquest of Happiness will be staged at Ebrington Square on 20 & 21 September. To book telephone 028 7126 4455.