Wednesday 8th May 2024Wexford Arts Centre7pm and 9pm performances (duration approx 30 mins)

Musici Ireland’s latest production, “A Mother’s Voice”, is a heartfelt tribute to the women affected by Ireland’s mother and baby homes during the 1900s. Developed with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland and Triskel WRITE, RECORD, PERFORM bursary, this multidisciplinary production blends artistry and activism in a powerful exploration of a dark chapter in Ireland’s history.

“A Mother’s Voice” is more than just a performance. It stands as a testimony to the resilience of survivors, a critical exploration of a hidden aspect of Ireland’s history, and an invitation to engage in an important dialogue. The production is a collaborative effort between artists and living survivors, with a shared mission to shed light on this period of Ireland’s past.

The two-year development project was spearheaded by Wexford musician Beth McNinch, with creative assistance from Jane Hackett. The immersive exhibit has been designed by Bridget Ni Dhuinn, with lighting by Eoin McNinch. The production showcases original music by Cork composers Linda and Irene Buckley, featuring animation by Eabha Bortolozzo and Jack Kirwan.

Central to the performance are the voices of three mothers, “Cait”, Deirdre Wadding, and Sheila O’Byrne. Their stories form the core narrative, giving authenticity and emotional depth to the production.

“A Mother’s Voice” has been widely praised for its thoughtful and sensitive handling of such a difficult subject matter. Shea Donovan from the Indigo Arts Collective applauds the production’s focus on survivors, stating, “A Mother’s Voice does a beautiful job of centering survivors and transforms powerful testimony into performance with thoughtfulness and care.”

Catherine Kontz, composer and Artistic Director of Rainy Days Festival, Luxembourg, echoes this sentiment, emphasizing the international interest the work has garnered due to its relevance and the sensitivity with which the subject matter has been treated.

 

The performance lasts approximately 30 minutes and promises to deliver a fully immersive audience experience.