Since their inception in 1996, the Offaly Drama Project has put the local community at the heart of its programme as they strive to tell local stories in creative and inventive ways to as wide an audience as possible. Following on from their last project, The Meadow (2021), a site-specific historical soundscape and meadow planting project at Birr Workhouse, they are currently researching and developing a brand-new piece of contemporary performance, my brother your sisters.
The story is a true one. it is about a young man from a local Offaly family who went missing 36 years ago with his passport. This local man, Peter is also a younger brother of artist with Offaly Drama Project, Fiona Breen.
Displaced people are part of our heritage. Everyday 24 people are reported missing in Ireland, 9,000 a year. Historically, Irish people have been lost to their families for many reasons: emigration, lack of writing skills and poverty to name a few. Through this new work, Offaly Drama Project wants to uncover the almost lost local and national narratives of some of Ireland's missing or displaced Irish people through the lens of their story.
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