The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW11

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WW11

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal      Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 7.30 pm      Tickets €12/€10 concession

Tickets are available online at or telephone 087 9593276 or at the door on the evening of the performance.

Smashing Times Theatre and Film company present The Woman is Present:Women’s Stories of WW11
By acclaimed award-winning playwrights Mary Moynihan, Deirdre Kinahan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy.
Directed by Mary Moynihan and Bairbre Ni Chaoimh
Cast; Roisin Mc Atamney and Fiona Bawn Thompson with Margaret Toomey, Ella Brady and Romana Testasecca featuring on film.

Featuring guest speaker Clodagh Finn, feature writer, editor, trainer and author.  Speaking about her book A Time to Rise, the incredible untold story of Mary Elmes, the Irish woman who saved children from the Nazi concentration camps.

The Woman is Present:Women’s Stories of WW11 is a creative reimagining of moments from the lives of women during WW11 recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression.  The performance is followed by a post- show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women’s stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace.

Women’s stories that have inspired the performance include Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nation’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War 11; Ettie Steinberg (1941-42) the only female Jewish Irish citizen known to have been murdered in Auschwitz; Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote he autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the mane ‘Anonyma’ (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WW11 as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army: Neus Catala Palleja (b. 1915) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WW11 and the only survivor of Ravensbruck concentration camp for women: Maria Eugenia Jasinska (1906-43) from Lodz in Poland who worked for the resistance and gave up her own life rather than ‘name names’; and Dolores Ibarruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, communist and crusader against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry ‘They Shall Not Pass’.

This project is supported by Cork County Council, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Creative Ireland under the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme 2018 implemented by Cork County Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival 2019 returns to Youghal

Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival 2019 returns to Youghal

Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival at the Mall Arts Centre 27th January, 3rd, 10th and 17th February 2019. For updates please contact 087 9593276.

The programme for the forth annual Blackwater Valley Fit Up Festival will be unveiled in the New Year, with four plays set to run at several venues along the course of the River Blackwater in January and February 2019.

A colourful feature of Irish country life during the post-war period,’fit-up’ theatre saw professional companies touring the country, bringing productions of plays to small venues in rural towns and villages across the country.

In 2009 the West Cork-based Blood in the Alley Theatre Company, in association with Cork County Council and the Arts Council, resurrected the tradition with the aim of bringing contemporary Irish plays to the stages of venues across the region.

In 2016 the initiative was successfully expanded, with the inaugural Blackwater fit-up Festival bringing communists across the North/East Cork region together through the medium of theatre.

The festival’s artistic director Geoff Gould, said the Fit-Up’s were a hugely popular part of rural life during the middle part of the last century.

“Popular actors of the day such as Harold Pinter and Andrew McMaster would regularly visit small towns and villages, often performing plays in tents or even on the back of trucks.

He said that since its inception the Blackwater festival has proved to be “an unqualified success” and he anticipated this years event to be just as popular with theatre goers.

“The festival is a wonderful opportunity for people across the region to see some great new Irish plays performed by a talented group of actors.”

Harmony presents ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’

Harmony presents ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal      Sat 23rd to Thurs 28th March 2019     Tickets: TBC
For updates please contact 087 9593276.

Featured picture the late Ann Manahan.

Presented by the multi talented Harmony, The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a 1996 comedy by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh which was premiered by the Druid Theatre Company in Galway.  It also enjoyed successful runs at London’s West End, Broadway and Off-Broadway.

It was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award as Best Play for the London production, and the 1998 Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning four.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is set in the mountains of Connemara and tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40’s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother.   Mag’s interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific.

‘Please avail yourself, and brace yourself. for the virtuosic turbulence of one of modern theater’s most giddily diabolicalminds.’ – The Washington Post

This promises to be a great night out. Don’t miss it!!

Jon Kenny – Crowman

Jon Kenny – Crowman

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal     Saturday 6th April 2019 at 8 pm      Tickets €15/€12 concession

Tickets are available online at or telephone 087 9593276 or at the door on the day of the performance.

Jon Kenny is touring with his play Crowman, the play received standing ovations every night during a run in Cork Midsummer Festival at the Granary. In Crowman Jon plays numerous characters but the primary one is Dan.  Dan is a man with a mission; to scatter, maim or kill every crow that has blighted his land and his life.  However he gets distracted easily by flights of the imagination and memories of events from his past and a weekly schedule of funerals and masses he must attend, imagined conversations with his beloved sheepdog, and a stream of racing commentators, TV chefs and David Attenborough – all so that he can hear a voice that is not his own.

The people he depicts are surreal and humorous but tinged with tragedy and Jon plays each with his amazing ability of character acting and hilarious humor.

CADA Performing Arts Academy Courses in the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal.

CADA Performing Arts Academy Courses in the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal.

Cork’s Premier Stage School for all your Drama, Dance and Musical Theatre Classes, Monday from 3.30 – 6.30 pm in the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal.

Founded by Catherine Mahon-Buckley twenty years ago, CADA Performing Arts is an acknowledged centre of excellence for Drama, Dance and Musical Theater Studies.

CADA continues to provide classes for 2018 after a successful 2017! They offer a chance to discover your own strengths and weaknesses.  We all have particular abilities in certain areas and success can only be achieved through self-awareness and by developing in individual artistry that is uniquely your own.

The Academy programmes are committed to your needs, an approach which is reflected in the dedication and expertise of our staff, stimulation, creative ethos and the provision of a quality studio environment.  Our aim is enable our students to identify, develop and nurture their own skills, perfecting a professional attitude, an inner confidence, self-esteem and team skills with which our students can flourish.

The Academy aims to provide the broadest possible training, giving each student individual attention to enable them to graduate with professional confidence and most important to have fun while achieving their full potential.

The main emphasis of the course concentrates on practical training in a range of drama, dance, singing and music and theater studies subject and takes place in a specially designed and build spacious studio complex which opened in 2004.

‘CADA Performing Arts has total professionalism and guaranteed results’. Peadar Cox (TV Actor)

For information or phone 021 4866389


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