To Shorten the Road (Whale Theatre, Greystones)

We are delighted to welcome back Dry Rain Theatre Company as they present To Shorten the Road 

‘To Shorten the Road’, is an old Irish proverb meaning the journey is shorter when you have someone to tell stories to.

A candlelit evening of traditional Seancha Storytelling, Songs,  Dance, Music, and Poetry.

Lorraine O Brien – Storyteller and lilter

Emma O Brien – Singer/Actress

Mick Heffernan – Singer/Musician

Storytelling is the oldest form of entertainment and in Ireland, in the old days, people would gather in the house of the best Storyteller, or the best Seanchai, in between the stories there would be songs, music, poetry, and dance.

In ‘To Shorten the Road’ Lorraine O’Brien plays the part of Peig Meg Seanchai whose enchanting and humourous stories will bring a smile to your face, a warmth to your heart, and tears of laughter to your eyes. Emma O’Brien will also spin a yarn or two, and entertain you with her wonderful singing voice. Mick Heffernan completes the trio.

Lorraine O’Brien

Lorraine was the founder of Dry Rain Youth Theatre and Performing Arts Centre, a community arts venture which ran for ten years in An Lar, Dargle Road, Bray. She won the Bray Chamber of Commerce award for artistic contribution to Bray, and the Bray One Act festival awarded her for outstanding contribution to drama.

She has written a number of plays. Dark Places won best play and played to packed houses in Dry Rain Theatre, Mermaid, Andrews Lane and as far away as North Carolina in the USA. Another play A Different Rhyme was produced by the Abbey Theatre and played in the Peacock, and was also adapted for radio. Another high profile achievement was On the Game, performed by the female inmates in Mountjoy jail, and also played in the Mermaid.

Lorraine also wrote and performed numerous one women shows which travelled as armchair theatre and pub theatre. She wrote and directed children’s plays and ran storytelling workshops.

Lorraine directs regularly for the Raging Hormones a community women’s drama group based in Loughlinstown, this group under her direction have won no less than five community awards.

After ten years in Dry Rain she took up the position of Creative Arts Officer with Dun Laoghaire Youth Service. Her first venture there was to adapted Christina Nobles book Bridge Across My Sorrow for stage in which one hundred and twenty community members performed in the Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire.

Other creative ventures include delivering positive mental health, personal development, and drug prevention programmes through the medium of drama.  She also set up Dun Laoghaire’s Boolabus Youth Theatre and introduced forum theatre into the Comhairle Na Nog youth council.

Lorraine has a degree in Theatre in Education from Trinity College and is now focusing her attention on the revival of our oral tradition of storytelling.

 Friday 15th March @ 8pm (Doors 7pm) Tickets €15/€12  or call the booking office on 01 2010550

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