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7th Aug 2024

Age Range
All ages

The National Opera House

High Street
Y35 FEP3

Who Am I Now

The Who Am I Now project is a new music and dance composition that supports the exchange of cultural knowledge, and highlights pathways towards a new and more inclusive expression of modern Irish identity. It is a creative partnership between residents of Direct Provision Centres in south County Wexford and The National Opera House education and outreach programme. 

Who Am I Now offers an opportunity for new communities experiencing marginalisation to use creativity to become involved in the expression of Irish culture, encouraging cultural inclusion and participation. Through a series of rehearsals and workshops focusing on dance, drama and music, the residents of the Direct Provision Centres will devise and develop a performance that interprets their arrival in Ireland, their experience of seeking international protection, and their hopes for community and togetherness in the future. The performance sheds light on what happens when cultural differences and similarities meet, and the value that cultural diversity will bring to Irish identity. Accompanied by a musical score composed and performed by traditional Irish music band Tulua, the performance will be showcased by our new communities as part of the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August 2024.

Music composed by Cian O’Grady (Tulua) and choreography by Deirdre Grant. The new communities are guided by director and dramaturg Elizabeth Drwal. Four residents seeking international protection are also part of the core artistic team

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