A Day of Testimonies

Project Arts Centre | Sat 26th August

Recognising the complexities of the human situation is traditionally the artist’s role.

The Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment presents A Day of Testimonies at Project Arts Centre, a day of performances, visual art and film that will reflect both the complexity of the issue and the simple truth that women’s health is put at risk because of the Eighth Amendment to our Constitution.

The day will consist of a series of events, installations and performances including:

A Day of Testimonies (Evening performance)
7.30pm | Tickets €25/20 (A limited number of €10 earlybird tickets available while stocks last.)

Join artists Kevin Barry, Cathy Belton, Cecily Brennan, Marian Keyes, Alice Maher, Paula Meehan, Neil Murray, Selina Cartmell, Eleanor Methven, Lisa O’Neill, Tara Flynn, Seán Mac Erlaine, Cormac Breatnach, Janet Moran, Lauren Larkin, Danielle Galligan, Karen McCartney, ​Arthur Riordan, and more, for an intimate performance honouring the lived testimonies given by citizens directly affected by Ireland’s Eighth Amendment. Directed by Lynne Parker, Artistic Director of Rough Magic Theatre Company, with MC Catriona Crowe.

Book tickets here

Any Productions present COLONY

COLONY will examine the female body as a political site in the eyes of church and state. The performances will be on the hour from 11am with the final performance at 6pm and they are FREE.

Film Programme

Film Programme 1:
11am – 11:45pm & 3pm – 3:45pm

Terminal (short; Dir Natasha Waugh, Prod. David C. Lynch; 11 mins)
An Irish girl and a woman from meet in an airport departure gate. Before they board a plane to Manchester, we witness a private exchange as they share the different reasons that brought them to this moment, and the traumatic journey that awaits them.

Sent Away (short doc; Dir Luke MacManus; 20 mins)
This documentary tells the story of pregnant women who were diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormality in Irish hospitals. These women travelled abroad for termination because Irish law denied them this treatment at home. Their group, TFMR (Termination for Medical Reasons) are now lobbying to have the law changed.

Journeys (short doc; Dir Karen Byrne; 10 mins)
‘Journey’, the act of travelling from one place to another. When taken literally the act of travel is painless, even forgetful. But when paired with distressed emotion the act becomes something more. 12 women travel from Ireland every day to the UK to access safe, medical abortion. This body of work looks at the scars left on those who had to seek impartiality outside of their own country and how the act of travelling from one place to another can bring so many hazardous connotations mentally and physically. The journey becomes an event, a lie and an added hardship
 
Film Programme 2:
12:00pm – 12:35pm   &   4pm – 4:35pm
Heartbreak (short; Dir Dave Tynan, Written Emmet Kirwan; 7 mins)
Emmet Kirwan’s stunning poem Heartbreak brought to life; the IFTA winning Heartbreak shows us a young woman’s journey through her teenage years, to pregnancy, to raising her son in modern Ireland, and the everyday sexism she encounters.      

The Christening (short; Oonagh Kearney; Prod. Rachel Lysaght, 14 mins)
Ailbhe is a smart and confident Irish teenager. Nothing fazes her except the christening of her nephew this weekend.

Mary Coughlan (short footage; March for Choice, 3 mins, 15 seconds)
Footage from the March for Choice – Mary Coughlan address the crowd about her own experiences travelling to seek safe and legal abortion.

Our Right to Choose (short doc; Hanan Dirya; 10 mins)
A short documentary about repeal activists in Galway’s, following the death of Savita Halappanavar. Jenni, mother of two, is a pro-choice activist living in Galway. The film follows Jenni and the challenges she and other activists face and what drives them to continue.

Film Programme 3:
1pm – 2pm & 5pm – 6pm

50,000 Secret Journeys (short doc; Produced & Directed by Hilary Dully & Fintan Connelly; 1994; 26 mins)
The television documentary 50,000 Secret Journeys was commissioned by RTE in 1994. In the film, three Irish Women speak openly about their experiences of having abortions in Britain. Although it attracted a lot of publicity prior to the scheduled broadcast, the film was dramatically pulled the day before it was due to be aired.  RTE made a statement, announcing that the film would not be shown in the interests of ‘balance’. The film was finally broadcast as part of a programme called ‘The Abortion Debate’ later in 1994.  This broadcast event was carefully constructed to re-establish and maintain the norms of ‘balanced’ debate. 

Statistic (short; Dir Alison Kelly; 1983; 27 mins)
A new digital copy of the film, struck from the original 16mm print, has been created by staff at the IFI Irish Film Archive. Statistic is a short produced in 1983, and features real life footage of the March for Choice that year. Set against the background of the Abortion Referendum in the 1980s, a young Dubliner becomes pregnant and has to face the decision whether or not to have an abortion.

Film Programme 4:
2:15 – 2:50pm & 6:15pm – 6:50pm

My Body My Choice (short film; Dir Laragh McCann; 2 mins)
A powerfully beautiful film to support the Repeal movement. The film aims to express the current sentiment and spirit of Irish woman with femininity, strength and anger through dance. There is a sisterhood, compassion and solidarity in this movement. It is about passing the eighth amendment in Ireland, and a strong peaceful voice encouraging woman of all backgrounds to support each other and to stand up for our human rights.

Like a Ship in the Night (short doc; Dir Melissa Thompson; 31 mins)
Every year thousands of Irish women “make the journey” abroad for abortions.  They do so despite the risk of life imprisonment and social stigmatization. They often travel in secret and return in silence, some of them never telling a soul.  LIKE A SHIP IN THE NIGHT follows a young artist, a working class mother of five, and a devout girl from the rural west, as they plan their clandestine journeys.  Along the way we hear about the legal and social history that makes their journey necessary.  Although the three women begin their journeys with different views on abortion rights, they all return similarly silenced, terrified, and angry at their country.
 
How to Talk About the Eighth – Bus Stop Event (Amnesty International Ireland and Union of Students in Ireland)
Venue: Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Dates: 26 August 2017
Time: 12.00pm to 4.00pm
Tickets: Free Admission

Call to Action
From 11am
A Call to Action, composed by Alma Kelliher, will be broadcast from the roof of the Project Arts Centre and out onto to the streets of Temple Bar on the hour every hour between 11.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.

How to Talk About the Eighth – Bus Stop Event
From 12pm - 4pm
Find it difficult to talk about the Eighth? Let us help you start the conversation. Join us for tea and informal chats where facilitators from Amnesty International and USI will be on hand to respond to any questions you may have about the Eighth. Co-ordinated by advocacy staff from Amnesty International Ireland and Union of Students in Ireland (USI) who are there to support you in developing your confidence in how to argue for repeal.

X-ile project
From 12pm – 3pm
X-ile project is an ongoing online gallery of women who have accessed abortion services outside of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Their website will be installed in the foyer of the Project Arts Centre and activists from the X-ile Project will be there during the day to talk about the project. http://www.x-ileproject.com/

AIMSI (Association for Improvements in Maternity Services-Ireland)
Testimonies from members of AIMSI will be printed on vinlyl and installed on the landing and in the windows of the upper foyer. Printed especially for A Day of Testimonies by Ed Dunne at Inspirational Arts. How to Talk About the Eighth – Bus Stop Event Find it difficult to talk about the Eighth? Let us help you start the conversation. Join us for tea and informal chats where facilitators from Amnesty International and USI will be on hand to respond to any questions you may have about the Eighth. Co-ordinated by advocacy staff from Amnesty International Ireland and Union of Students in Ireland (USI) who are there to support you in developing your confidence in how to argue for repeal.

Artworks
Artworks will be installed in the building for the day by artists Leandro Jimenez Hernandez and Sarah Cullen.

Shred-it
From 11am
In a specially designated space in Project anyone can join us and be filmed shredding the Eighth. In addition anyone, anywhere can participate by shredding the Eighth and uploading their clips to a dedicated online channel.

Click here to download the template document for Shred-it.

Download the 'A Day of Testimonies' press release.