As part of the world premiere of Theatre Club’s New Play ‘We Don’t Know What’s Buried Here’, we have appointed a curator to arrange a series of post-show discussions, related to the themes of the play. Elizabeth Kavanagh has been appointed to the role. The purpose of this role was to give back, a job for somebody in the community to engage with the people of Tallaght. We hope the talk will be interactive and encourage our citizens to discussions the issues they are passionate about, in their local Theatre. Elizabeth has also been working with Grace Dyas of Theatre Club and marketing manager Niamh Honer from the Civic on an extensive designing the audience programme which involved over 40 meetings with groups in Tallaght, Lucan and Clondalkin. Find out more here:
Can you tell us a little but about where you are from and your background?
Hi I’m Elizabeth, I’m a Social Care graduate from ITT. I’m from Greenhills and work and volunteer in Tallaght. While I’m a social carer at heart, I spent my childhood in Crumlin and Kilnamanagh and I spent my evenings and weekends in speech and drama classes and stage schools. So as I grew up it never really left my mind, and as a teenager into my early 20’s I got involved in The Dublin Fringe Festival where I acted in a play called The Wave, and then I became the stage manager for a play called ‘These Halcyon Days’ in The Dublin Theatre Festival. So I guess this job fits me well as I get to reach out to the community as well as work with the theatre.
What is your role in the Civic?
I am the curator of the post panel discussion on a play called ‘We Don’t Know What’s Buried Here!’, which is a fancy way of saying I’m the facilitator of a good chat after each show.
What do you hope to achieve?
I hope that people from the community will reclaim this theatre as their own by coming to see this play. By not only welcoming local people to come and see a show but also participate in the discussion afterwards, and doing that in a way that makes people feel comfortable, it means that people will feel that The Civic is their theatre and a place for their voices to be heard and for their story to be represented. I always want to make sure that the people who are affected by the Magdalene Laundry scandal have a voice and are listened to. That might be from getting a seat on the panel or putting their hand up from the audience, whatever will suit them best is what I want to be able to offer them.
What is the show We Don’t Know What’s Buried Here About?
For me, it’s a really powerful play with some dark comedy which addresses a variety of topics about what the state have been burying for years and what we do now that we’ve uncovered it. It’s about working class people who’ve been screwed over by years of the truth being hidden! It tackles everything and anything to do with injustices and inequality, but in a sometimes comical manner. The main characters are Magdalene Laundry ghosts who may or may not be with it at all.
Why should people come to see the show?
The play is a bespoke and creative piece of writing, It is both entertaining and empowering, as well as being educating. Come and see it even if you don’t know anything about the Magdalene Laundries, you’ll get to hear about it in a very unconventional way!
Tell us a random fact about yourself?
I once ate a scorpion in Thailand, and it tasted like pork chops…yum?
We Don’t Know What’s Buried Here
Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th February