Magdeline Laundries theme gets airing at Smock Alley Theatre

by Aishling Conway
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A timely new dance theatre production explores what it was like to live in the shadow of Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby Homes. “The Ireland We Dreamed of” will take to the stage at Smock Alley Theatre from May 2-4. 

Under the direction of visual artist Sinead McCann, the production takes audiences on an emotional dreamscape featuring a cast of celebrated by contemporary dancers Vitor Bassi, Fiona Quilligan, and the aerial performer and movement director Kate Finegan.

With a narrative inspired by real-life accounts, the script is penned by sociologist Dr. Louise Brangan, known for her recent BBC audio essay The Legacy of the Laundries.

The Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, also called Magdalene asylums, were institutions mainly operated by Roman Catholic orders from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. These establishments purported to provide shelter for “fallen women,” with an estimated 30,000 individuals confined in these facilities in Ireland.

 Tickets are priced at €20. On Friday, May 3rd author Dr. Louise Brangan & director Sinead McCann will host a post-show talk. See

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