in association with An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk
20-21 March, at 8.00pm
A powerful original play exploring mental illness in Ireland
The Everyman, Cork
Wednesday 20 – Thursday 21 March 2019 @ 8pm
“I’m falling between the cracks in myself, and I don’t know how to crawl back out…”
In this darkly comic and deeply moving new play, an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged from those she loves, and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness.
Cracks sees Quintessence Theatre use their inventive physical ensemble story-telling techniques, mingled with film and music, to explore the profound struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.
First devised by the company in 2016, and directed by Anna Simpson (a Creative Associate of the Pleasance and Practitioner with the Globe, London), this new work, already revived multiple times for sell-out runs, seeks to expose the lived experience of battling a severe mental illness, in an inefficient and unsympathetic system, through the eyes of one young woman.
*NB – Each performance is followed by a short post-show discussion with the cast/director and a mental health professional.
Fiona Keenan O’Brien
Directed by Anna Simpson
Executive Producer Paul Hayes
Founded in 2015 by director Anna Simpson as the inaugural Theatre Company-in-Residence of the An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Quintessence dedicates itself to exploring the human condition, through the most theatrical means available; the actor themselves, their imagination, and embracing the live relationship between actor and audience.
More information at: www.everymancork.com/2019/03/cracks/