Everyone knows that Ireland is the best little country to give birth in…or is it?
Daughters of the Revolution is a satirical, musical, and irreverent play, examining exactly what women have to go through to get from pregnancy to birth.
And once you go down the rabbit-hole of the maternity services…who knows what could happen.
We just had a very successful sold-out run at the Harbour Playhouse with an excellent reception to the performance and art installation. The post-show discussions with professionals from the maternity services in conversation with the audience was also very successful.
Participants included Prof Chris Fitzpatrick, former master of the Coombe hospital, Marie O'Connor from Survivors of Symphysiotomy, and Philomena Canning midwife and co-founder of Midwives4Choice.
We also had a nice write-up in the Irish Times:
We now have video footage, photos, and audio recordings of the post-show discussions that will be made publicly available through podcasts on www.4elements.ie
Join our heroine Evelyn Murphy on her epic journey through maternity, as she bravely contends with consultants, her mother, her partner, and the attentions of well-meaning friends.
Evelyn’s story creates a picture of contemporary Ireland in a time of rising birth-rates, uncertain economic prospects, and a health service in crisis. In a year of celebrating uprisings, and renewed debate around the treatment of women in the Irish Constitution, Daughters of the Revolution asks: how free are women in Ireland when it comes to maternity?
Daughters of the Revolution takes a sardonic look at how women have to perform to meet the complex demands of society.
Hi there! Thank you for checking out our campaign. Here is a little background on how we got here.
The idea for Daughters
of the Revolution started a few years ago with the birth of my
own daughter. My experience of the Irish
maternity services was bewildering and often inexplicably infuriating, so being a theatre
maker I responded by making theatre.
In 2013 CREATE awarded me a grant to research women’s experience of maternity in Ireland. I ran workshops with women, talked to researchers, academics, medical practitioners, and student-midwives. The result is a satirical and largely irreverent look at pregnancy, birth, and the HSE.
At the heart of this play is the question of power, and when we’re talking about women’s bodies especially in Ireland, it is all about who has the power.
It is an intensely exciting time to be a woman making theatre in Ireland.
Join the revolution, with your help we can bring women's voices and experience centre-stage.
We are going take you on a massive journey of sight, sound, and dialogue through the maternity experience. The play, Daughters of the Revolution, will be framed by an art installation before the show and an expert panel discussion each night following the performance.
4elements’ Artist in Residence Coral Mallow will transform the entrance to the theatre space into an interactive art installation. Centred on issues of agency and body autonomy as experienced by women in the Irish maternity services, the exhibition will investigate the social perceptions around maternity.
The exhibition will also include contributions from the artist Anne Marie Kilshaw-Visual Arts Director of the Complex, Paul Timon from the Dublin Camera Club, and Martina Hynan with excerpts from her 'Keeping Mum' project with the Claire Birth Project.
Having started a conversation through art and performance, we will extend the conversation through a series of chaired post-show discussions.
The panel will bring together experts in the field of maternity and social policy to engage in open and honest dialogue with the audience in a safe, creative space. The conversations will be recorded and edited to be uploaded as podcasts to a dedicated SoundCloud account under the title Daughters of Revolution.
We need your contributions and support to bring Daughters of the Revolution on tour:
Your contribution will go directly to the production of the event on tour:
Participant €10: Special thank you on the 4elements website and in the programme
Activator €25: Original Daughters of the Revolution poster signed by the cast and crew plus a thank you on the programme and website
Facilitator €50: Exclusive invitation for the Opening Night near you with two tickets to Daughters of the Revolution, as well as the signed poster and special thank you
Dramaturge €100: Limited edition soft-bound copy of the Daughters of the Revolution script signed by the cast and crew, as well as the exclusive invitation to the VIP reception, two tickets to the play, signed poster, and special thank you
Patron €250: Dinner for you and a guest in a restaurant with the cast and crew of Daughters of the Revolution, as well as the limited edition signed script, exclusive invitation to the VIP reception with two tickets to the play, signed poster, and special thank you in the programme and a permanent listing on the 4elements website as a patron of the arts.
Austerity hitting your wallet? You can still join the revolution by spreading the word. So please share this campaign on Facebook and Twitter, tell your friends, colleagues, and family. And of course we could always use volunteers, don't be shy, get in touch. Help make Daughters of the Revolution happen.
Daughters of the Revolution is an experiment in using art and performance to shape a public response to the crisis in the Irish maternity services. We are women exploring the underlying conflict between women’s bodily autonomy and the law, with humour and our unique insight on the experience of maternity in Ireland.
This response is both timely and necessary. Since the death of Savita Halappanavar in University Hospital Galway in October 2012, the maternity services in Ireland have been in a state of continued crisis. The 8th amendment of the Irish constitution has also come under renewed scrutiny in the aftermath of Savita’s death, and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, especially in light of the ‘Y’ case, has done nothing to halt public disquiet in that area.
In the contested narrative of maternity in Ireland, it is time for women to have their say.
With your help we can start the journey, join the Revolution today.
4elements Theatre Company is committed to ambitious theatre performance. Founded in 2009, 4elements incorporates political and social issues into a broader cultural discussion. Our goal is to create exceptional artistic experiences based on social engagement. 4elements draws of participatory theatre practices including Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, using theatre to create dialogue within society.Kate Harris-I have been working as a drama facilitator and theatre maker since 2005. I use Theatre of the Oppressed and other participatory theatre techniques to work in partnership with artists, community groups, and educational institutions. I have created performances with a wide range of youth and community groups, working through theatre to combat social exclusion and start dialogues within the communities around the issues affecting them.