Celebrating being a woman

New writings by Kilkenny women will be premiered on the Watergate stage for International Women’s Day in March.

New writings by Kilkenny women will be premiered on the Watergate stage for International Women’s Day in March.

Eight pieces of original material have been created by Project Women, a women’s community theatre endeavor, and will be accompanied with four world recognized monologues in an evening that will present an exciting mix of poignant and humorous theatre.

The monologues were created in December as part of the Project Women process. Project Women established in July of last year began exploring what it means to be a women living in Ireland today.

Women from around the county were invited to get involved in a social collective led by Ita Morrissey and in October participated in four sessions of discussions, role play and sharing experiences.

Maeve Ingoldsby, a professional stage writer who has worked with Barnstorm Theatre, then hosted writing workshops to enable the women to create original works based on the themes which were discussed.

Some of the women who partook in the writing workshops had never creatively written material before, while others belong to local writing groups, the final drafts have been completed and Saturday last sawthe casting of 12 women to perform the works.

Project Women was established by Ita Morrissey under Barnstorm Theatre’s INCUBATE programme. INCUBATE is just one Barnstorm’s outreach initiatives which assists in supporting, mentoring and guiding artists in fulfilling a theatrical endeavor.

On March 8, for International Women’s Day the general public will be able to view the labors of roject Women in the culmination of Project Women’s work as they present ‘The Monologues’ at the Watergate Theatre.

Tickets are available from the Watergate Theatre box office on (056) 7761674.