ANU / CoisCéim Dance Theatre
This was a LIFT commission which was part of LIFT 2018
On 28 April 1916, five days into the Easter Rising, 15 civilian men were killed in house-to-house raids by British soldiers on a single Dublin street.
Taking place across the entire basement of Shoreditch Town Hall, this thrillingly immersive blend of theatre, dance and visual art brought unresolved history back to life with intricate detail. Part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, created by David Bolger, Owen Boss and Louise Lowe, These Rooms tells two stories: those of the civilians who were victims of and witnesses to the North King Street Massacre, and those of the men of the South Staffordshire Regiment who committed this act – their identities largely anonymous, their actions controversially exonerated at a military enquiry.
Created by two of Ireland’s most original companies, These Rooms received unanimous critical acclaim when it was first presented in a dilapidated Dublin building in 2016 as part of the centenary commemorations of the Easter Rising. Wholly reimagined for its London run, this riveting work shed new light on a pivotal moment in British-Irish relations.
Dates: Mon 4 – Fri 22 June 2018
Co-commissioned by LIFT, Shoreditch Town Hall and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain. Image: ANU & CoisCéim Dance Theatre: Justine Cooper in These Rooms 2016. Photo by Pat Redmond
Thank you to LIFT’s Commissioning Circle