People first, Gender second.

Is beannaithe thú idir mná
Idir Mná. Amongst Women. It came about when I was brimming over with ideas and lists of people I wanted to work with. I had also recently finished a show where I was saying the hail mary as gaeilge. The phrase stayed with me. The more I thought about the people I wanted to work with, the more I noticed that they happened to be female. The more I thought about the work I wanted to do, the more I noticed that these stories happened to have a strong female lead. Some people started to adopt Idir Mná as a battle cry. Some felt that we were sticking it to the patriarchy! Balancing the scales!! Taking our day!!!


But here’s the thing;
Idir Mná believes in people first. We are our own person first. Before our gender comes into it.
Before our class, our education, our abilities, our added abilities – we are people first.
Joy and Joe have a story to tell. A type of love story. This story originated from a place of
truthfulness. We honour the real life people that Joy and Joe portray and make no apologies for creating a world where the story gets twisted and turned and then transformed into something new.

Programme note for ‘Quicksand’ by Elizabeth Moynihan. Dublin 2019.

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