Following the success of the full length version of WRoNGHEADED at Dublin Dance Festival in May, Liz Roche Company as Company in Residence at the Civic will present the piece at the Civic Theatre Tallaght for two nights only, October 19th and 20th 2018. WRoNGHEADED merges film, voice and movement to confront the stark realities of women’s rights and freedom of choice in Ireland today.

As part of our Active Audience initiative, filmmaker Luca Truffarelli and choreographer Liz Roche have created a special installation piece at County Library, Tallaght that captures responses to the issues WRoNGHEADED raises. The installation will be open on Friday 19th Oct between 6pm and 7.30pm – prior to the WRoNGHEADED performance at Civic at 8pm –  and again on Saturday 20th October between 12pm and 3pm when our Active Audience group will perform as part of a special performance element within the installation.

The Civics’ pioneering Active Audience programme – offered in collaboration with the Liz Roche Company and Tallaght Community Arts – provides a dynamic channel by which audience and artist can directly engage with each other. Through mentored workshops, facilitated by Tallaght Community Arts  Associate Artist Jenny Macdonald , discussion with the artists, attending performances and observation of the rehearsal process, Active Audience participants get to see what it takes to make world class dance.

We are thrilled that this inspiring initiative allows our Active Audience group to contribute something of themselves to the final showing, presenting their WRoNGHEADED responses to the company’s performance in the Civic , as part of an installation, for all to enjoy – and for free – in Tallaght Library.

Michael Barker-Caven, Artistic Director, The Civic
Tony Fegan, Director, Tallaght Community Arts

Join us for the installation and performances!

Active Audience Performers:
Remi Ajike
Eimear Beardmore
Verina Borissova
Kate Connaughton
Aoife Dempsey
Monika Hyland
Sandra McCullagh
Caroline McNamara
Nick Nikolaou
Eoin O’Loughlin
Mary O’Neill
Zara O’Sullivan
Avril Power

Active Audience Facilitator:
Jenny Macdonald

About WRongheaded:
In Wrongheaded, Liz Roche brings together the fearless spoken word poetry of Elaine Feeney, the exquisite work film director Mary Wycherley and electrifying performances by dancers Sarah Cerneaux and Justine Cooper. All are gathered together in this intense mix of emotions and physicality to highlight the desperation and frustration that many Irish women feel today when it comes to the choices available to them regarding their bodies

“[Roche’s] choreography is sharp and expressive, thrashing us with the narrative and revealing the savage beauty at its heart”…… “the fierce and feisty spoken words of Galway poet Elaine Feeney; a fire-cracker delivery of vicious text that has emerged from the so many dark, heart breaking and sickening examples of women subjugated through their bodies” Review by Mike Smith Art Scene in Wales

There’s an urgency, immediacy and power to WRONGHEADED that catches your breath… Not to be missed” – The Arts Review

4 Stars  ⭐⭐⭐⭐ from

The Irish Times
The Stage
The Arts Review
The Edinburgh List
The Outlier Scotland
The Fringe Review
Art Scene in Wales

Civic company in residence with thanks to the Arts Council and funding support from Creative Ireland.


Photo features WRoNGHEADED dancers Sarah Cerneaux and Justine Cooper.
Photo by Maria Falconer


Fri. 19th & Sat. 20th October