Scéal Droichead Atha

Upstate Theatre Project
Barlow House
Narrow West Street
Co. Louth
Storytelling/Oral heritage
Target Audience
Not applicable

Following on from Upstate's successes with Songtrail and The Immortals, the company wishes to explore integrating aspects from both in 2019 under the working title Scéal Droichead Atha.

This project sees Upstate working in association with independent artist Cathal Thornton, alongside a number of traditional musicians, to explore the stories of Drogheda’s songs and their associated histories in a series of workshops and discussions.

This includes inviting local community performers to participate in the research phase. The proposal seeks to develop the research, knowledge, and findings based on the material uncovered as part of the earlier musical discoveries during Songtrail (presented at Drogheda Arts Festival and Fleadh Cheoil 2018). In this phase, Cathal will interview the singer/songwriters of Drogheda and bring the stories and songs they offer to the project in a workshop context with community actors with whom Upstate has worked over the last number of years.

The workshops focus on participatory processes to devise material in response to songs. Working with local historian Brendan Matthews, Cathal is set to investigate the cultural and historical context of these songs, and share them with the groups from the community for exploration. The research seeks to craft a timeline of Drogheda’s history as told through song and music, and to illustrate the feasibility of integrating live music and traditional songs with dramatic performance.