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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 www.themallartscentre.com 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.