It Takes a Village

Premiere Siamsa Tire (Tralee), Culture Night, September 22, 2017

Additional performances Féile na Brídeoige 2018, Big Bang Festival 2018, The Abbey Theatre(as part of Jimmy’s Hall Today) 2018 and Culture Night 2018

Running Time: 45 mins

Commissioned by Kerry County Council and Siamsa Tíre for Culture Night 2017, It takes a Village follows Catherine’s critically acclaimed 2016 show, Welcoming the Stranger (2016). Working once again with migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and Kerry locals, this new show goes deeper and particularly highlights the challenges of those in Direct Provision. The piece welcomes Ireland’s new communities, their cultures, music, dances and songs and shows that it truly takes a village, it takes all of us, the entire community to make change.

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Choreographer / Director
Catherine Young

Music Director
Martin Schärer

Simbarashe Chikutuva, Teresa Galvin, Mintesinot Getachew, Mongiwa Selima KaQondindlela, Ahmed Lulu, Shingai Manyere, Nyasha Masuku, Hlengiwe Mbali, Maria McCarthy, Samantha Mhlanga, Sithandiwe Moyo, Gladys Mtashane, Wakisa Mwabungulu, Adrian Mwenje, Knowledge Ncube, Regina Neilan, Moyo Njabuliso Angela, Priviledge Nokuthula Nkomo, Rachel O’Shea, Mathilda Poff, Daisy Pondwa, Ntabiseng Schreurs, Rethabile Schreurs, Alaa Sinani, Eilise Sullivan, Tracy Sumani, Sylvia Thompson, Sami Torabi and Siphathokuhle Tshuma


Music / Sound Design
Cormac Breathnach (low whistle/vocals), Brian Fleming (percussion), Vyvienne Long (Cello), Ted Moynihan (perucussion), Jade O’Connor (Vocals), Damien O’Neill (percussion), Jon Sanders (Mandolo) , Martin Schärer (percussion). Text by Sarah Clancy. Sound Design by Fiona Sheil

Lighting Design
Tim Feehily

Maria McCarthy

Rag Hegarty, Mark O’Rourke

Supported by
Siamsa Tíre, Kerry County Council, Creative Ireland, The Arts Council and The Department of Justice & Equality.