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21st Oct 2022

Age Range
All Ages

Cavan County Museum

Virginia Road,

The Whispering Chair: A Short Film.

The Whispering Chair is set against the backdrop of the War of Independence and The Irish Civil War. The play tells the interconnected stories of two couples: one couple whose lives and relationship are torn apart by the decisions they are forced to make during the most turbulent time in Ireland’s Modern History. Their story reverberates through the ages and has significant repercussions for another couple, their descendants, generations later. The Witness to both their stories is a chair with its own secrets and stories to reveal. Initially inspired by a chair in Cavan Museum’s collection, this piece of theatre was developed as a collaboration between the playwright Tara Maria Lovett and Cavan County Museum, with the support of the Cavan Arts Office. Performed by two actors, the play explores the effects of intergenerational trauma and how the violence of war does not discriminate between the sexes. Through the device of a mirror, the play reveals that a century later, the War of Independence continues to intersect with the present. The Whispering Chair not only reflects the museum exhibitions but is an opportunity to educate younger audiences through the medium of entertainment. Previous public readings met with huge success, indicating the potential for delivering such an important performance to local and wider communities. See: 

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