In response to the physical closing of its doors, amidst the chaos of Covid-19 induced uncertainty, The Civic made a decision to continue to seek opportunities to create and connect despite the challenging circumstances.
Songs of Change was born.

A participatory art project inspired by this moment of significant change we are currently navigating Songs of Charge sees The Civic’s Associate Artist Veronica Coburn work with a group of 18 citizens from South Dublin County exploring moments of time in our lives when change occurs.  When we are made different.

Songs of Change participants, listed below, all took part in Clamour & Roar – A Citizens’ Chorus, a South Dublin County Council public art commission that culminated in a sung and spoken performance, Ghost Hares, celebrating the people and landscape of South Dublin County in The Civic Theatre.

There are two groups running weekly, one on Monday evenings and one on Saturday afternoons.
We got to know the participants a little better. Next up it’s Geraldine Mc Garry from the Saturday Group!

Tell us a Little Bit About Yourself?
My name is Geraldine with my family have been living in Tallaght for the past 46years. I have watched the changes throughout the years ,we love living here with such much amenities & entertainment. Myself and husband love going to The Civic,  had the good fortune to come across!

Tell us about taking part in Ghost Hares?
I was booked a show for my husband birthday called ‘Only fools and 3 Courses’ when I saw Veronica’s ad and I rang her. I have never looked back.  I had a wonderful time meeting new friends laughs and songs  Ghost Hares was a wonderful way telling about how people’s lives change and we were able to sing and move about! It has helped respond to the changes in South Country Dublin geographical  surrounding areas… To my pleasant surprises it was a small piece that I wrote about changes I noticed when the motorway (M50) was up an running. My walk passed a spot that I would stand and watch a family of hares playing. But all of the park disappeared .  My lovely family of hares moved further into the park (I hope they did)….

Why did you sign up for Songs of Change?
It was from that story when I got the email from Veronica about ‘Songs of Change’ that I jumped in….
Describe The Civic in 1 Sentence?:
Thank you I hope to be part of the Civic in the future please God !
Keep an eye out on our website and Social Media for More info on how The Songs of Change Project Develops!