‘Movers, Shakers and Dream-makers’

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Women from throughout the North West will present a special evening of drama, monologues, poetry and humour on Tuesday next, March 8, to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day.

‘Movers, Shakers and Dream-makers’ is an intergenerational event involving women of all ages, with the youngest under 30-years-old and the eldest 78-years-old.

Facilitator and director Pat Mulkeen, a former teacher at St. Cecilia’s College, told the ‘Journal’: “This will be an informal, fun evening celebrating International Women’s Day. We will be presenting women who went before us and who inspired us in their own lives.”

“We have a wide variety of pieces, monologues, poetry, drama, mime, a piece about a woman sitting on her front door in the Wells, an extract from Dancing at Lughnasa and an extract from Frank McGuinness’ play Factory Girls. There’s also a piece about silent movies and one with letters from the Front in the First World War to a mother, and much more.”

Mary McLaughlin is one of the Movers and Shakers and will perform a piece called ‘Ita’. She said: “Pat has directed in a way that is very informal and it helps us to improvise. She has brought out the creativity in us all.”

74-year-old Mary Doyle will be doing a monologue on Tuesday evening. She said: “I will do a monologue of what it was like in the 1950s, some of which is based on my own life. I am really looking forward to it.”

Pat Mulkeen added: “Some of it will be quite humorous, some bits more poignant, but all of it will be enjoyable and we invite people to come along and relax and have a glass of wine and enjoy the evening.”

Movers, Shakers and Dream-makers will take place at 8pm next Tuesday evening at Derry’s Playhouse.

Admission free.