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  • Finished 14 – 17 July

    Institute of Contemporary Arts

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    authentic...surprisingly sweet...The performance is raw and funny and strong...an enthusiastic audience reaction that included a standing ovation

    Irish Independent

    FML

    (Belgium)

    CAMPO

    What’s it really like being teenager today? What drives teenagers to profound sadness? Although stories of teenage suicide regularly hit the headlines, the reasons behind such tragic acts are all too often swept under the carpet. But also: how come most of them don’t resort to this? What’s it like to be a happy teenager today?

    FML combined spoken word and film, true confessions and lies to cast a spotlight on 15 Irish teenagers and 2 young performers from London. Between them they recounted their own experiences, both funny and moving in a whodunit, or better: who’ll do it.

    Directed by Pol Heyvaert of Belgian art centre CAMPO (formerly known as Victoria) FML looked beyond the scaremongering to give a voice to young people from the country with one of the highest suicide rates in Europe.


    Profound in its juxtaposition of the highs and lows of youth.

    Irish Times

    There is a raw, emotional honesty in the performances.

    Irish Examiner

    A co-production by Cork Midsummer Festival, CAMPO Gent, LIFT, Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s and Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork.