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This is a Blank Page ON DEMAND


  • 15 - 26 Nov // On Demand
  • Online
  • €8

Due to popular demand, Freshly Ground Theatre have released This is a Blank Page as an ON DEMAND experience.

“A fantastic examination of the education by a wonderful company with real student voices”

To experience This is a Blank Page ON DEMAND, simply book through the Civic website and wait for your examination paper to arrive in the post. You can complete this paper alongside the digital piece. The link to the digital piece will be emailed to you when you book your ticket.

What would you change about the Leaving Cert? It’s finally time to answer that question.

Join Freshly Ground Theatre for the examination to end all examinations: an explosion of digital art, representing the voices of secondary school students in an exam year like no other. A meeting of film, sound art, personal response and collective conversation. We’re letting the words of real students and real teachers tell us what is broken and what needs to change.

This is a Blank Page, presented by Freshly Ground Theatre in collaboration with an ensemble of young artistsis a remote online piece that is experienced through a website platform and. It consists of a radio play, film and workshop. This is a Blank Page was created in collaboration with a group of students sitting the Leaving Certificate, through workshops and interviews in school settings. These student’s voices, and their opinions on the Leaving Certificate system, are represented through various mediums, and the audience has a chance to hear these voices and respond to them, aiming to creatively answer the question: does the Leaving Cert system need to change, and why?

Presented by Freshly Ground Theatre: Bronwen Barrett, Vlad Gurdis, Michelle Henry and Martha Knight
Young Ensemble: Emma Corrigan, Heather Jones, Robbie Imperial, Adam McDowell and Trudy Nolan
Young Ensemble Facilitator/Dramaturg: Seán Farrelly
Project Mentors: Jenny Macdonald and Joe Salvatore
Executive Producer: Hannah Mullan
Line Producer: Sophie Coote

Devised by Freshly Ground Theatre (Bronwen Barrett, Vlad Gurdis, Michelle Henry and Martha Knight) with Samuel Coyle
Co-Directors: Vlad Gurdis and Michelle Henry
Performers: Bronwen Barrett and Samuel Coyle
Dramaturg: Seán Farrelly
Filmmaker, Film Editor and Web Designer: Annette Barnaville – FINK
Sound Designer/Composer: Martha Knight
Lighting Designer: Cain Lynch
AV Designer: Dermot Marrey
Mask design and build: Tadashi Kato
Stage Manager: Shannon Cowan
Production Manager: Veronica Foo
Lighting Operator: Ciara Meehan
Sound Recordist: Tara Perry
Crew: Laura Rainsford and Gavin Kennedy

Devised by Freshly Ground Theatre (Bronwen Barrett, Vlad Gurdis, Michelle Henry and Martha Knight) with Samuel Coyle
Co-Directors: Vlad Gurdis, Michelle Henry and Martha Knight
Sound Designer/Composer: Martha Knight
Performers: Bronwen Barrett and Samuel Coyle
Dramaturg: Seán Farrelly
Sound Engineer: Domhnaill Corrigan

Photo by Nagle Digital Creative

Co-produced & supported by The Civic’s artist in residence programme.
Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and South Dublin County Council.
Supported by Tallaght Community Arts.


Deansrath Community College, Larkin Community College, Tallaght Community School, Tallaght Community Arts, Firhouse Educate Together and Giant Wolf Youth Theatre.

Jennifer Webster, Tony Fegan, The Civic Team, CONTACT Studios, Martin Hawkes, Catherine Byrne, Sarah Fitzgibbon, Veronica Coburn, Victoria Durrer, William Barlow, Tony Goode, Sister Catherine Kelly, Máire Higgins, Michelle Fallon, Siobhán Lee, Calantha Forde, Lloyd Collins, Laura Henry, all student participants, Joe Holohan

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