The Nightingale

We will be testing ideas for a new show based on the stories of Hans Christian Andersen at the Belltable on May 25th & 26th as part of SCRATCH. Duncan will be reading with new music by Great in Small Doses.

Tickets are €5 and available on the door or through the Belltable website.
http://www.belltable.ie/belltable-event.php?eventid=254

Great in Small Doses – The Bright Idea/The Pretty Mystery

"And Death was sitting on his chest." Illustration from The Nightingale by Edmund Dulac

Seven Versions of a Song

Cathy Walsh & Duncan Molloy in Seven Versions of a Song

Those who are afeared we look too serious, fear not! There will be singing and dancing.

UPDATE: Seven Versions of a Song will be coming to Belfast’s Blackbox Theatre on Thursday the 25th & Friday the 26th of November at 1pm for a mere £3.

Love is like mercury; it shines and it burns and you can measure your health by it.

Some of us say things with our bodies; some with our words. Sometimes what you think about something is very different to how you act. There are two sides to every love story. Memories and feelings in words and movement by Cathy Walsh and Duncan Molloy.

I’m this close to you. I love you.
I’m still not sure you understand how I feel.
I can’t make you understand what I mean. But here goes.

 

A Paper-Thin Romance

Ellen Terry, photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron

For the LSA’s opening live performance, we will be reading some love letters.

I wish this ink were blacker and my writing bolder. If you have a magnifying glass it will all come out beautifully legible.

A letter is a funny thing. It could allow one of the best respected actors of her day and a playwright and critic who was fast becoming infamous, a chance to open up to one another unbeknownst to the world around them. Intimate and distant; well thought out yet urgent; varyingly tender and professional and brutally honest. Bernard Shaw and Ellen Terry met on only a handful of occasions so as not to taint their paper courtship.

Compiled and directed by Duncan Molloy, drawing from over thirty years of correspondence, this is a delicate love-story, a lasting friendship, a romance worthy of the paper it was written on.

She became a legend in her old age; but of that I have nothing to say; for we did not meet, and, except for a few broken letters, did not write, and she was never old to me.

This will be a one-off performance in the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow on Friday, July 2 at 6.45pm as part of the George Bernard Shaw Summer School & Festival.

Day One

The LSA is dedicated to telling stories about people’s lives, real and imagined, to remind everyone how great life is. It promises never to inspire despair, but only sadness and joy and faith and hope. It believes in the importance of connection and community and sweat and electricity, so by and large it prefers to do things live. It hopes that together we can soothe our souls.

Jody O'Neill in Storybook

Things will be happening soon, this is where we will catalogue them, and do more besides.