"The Blue Boy" A Play that explores Institutional Abuse




A number of years ago Right of Place Second Chance worked with a wonderful theatre company, "Brokentalkers" as they looked to create a piece of Art that incorporated Survivors stories, experiences and life in Irelands Industrial Schools.

What was created in conjunction with Right of Place Second Chance and Brokentalkers was an award winning piece of Art that has been showcased around the globe and received rave reviews. Once again, Brokentalkers are bringing this piece back to the country of origin and the county where many Survivors offered their time and experience freely to feed into the piece.

The Blue Boy, is described as;

"Urgent and vital, the award-winning The Blue Boy deals with the experiences of men and women who were incarcerated as children in Catholic residential care institutions. The production combines startling choreography with live music, multi-media, and film, alongside recorded testimony from men and women who resided in these institutions.

Following sell-out runs at the Dublin Theatre Festival and Dublin Dance Festival The Blue Boy has toured to  Australia, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. This is the first time Brokentalkers have embarked on a national tour with this compelling work which evokes hidden violence and brings a fresh theatrical voice to stories of child abuse.

The Blue Boy gives intense physical expression to the anguish experienced by those who were silenced – essential viewing for our times.

It was the overall winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Festival kontakt Poland"

As such, we have some available tickets for Survivors and anybody who took part in recording their testimony and they will be offered tickets as a ptiority.

Additionally to this, Right of Place Second Chance is partaking in an after event Q & A Session on Wednesday 30th of March alongside some of the stars and its Co-Directors.

So if you can make it on the 30th of March - we may have some tickets avaialble .

Alternatively, the play runs the following dates:

WHERE: Everyman Theatre

WHEN: Wed 30th March - Sat 2nd of April

PRICE: €20 | Concession €18 | Student €9


Whilst the testomonies recorded and the imagery may be distressing, The recorded material generally avoids descriptions of abuse but instead talks about, for example: the food, clothing, work regime, night time, reasons for incarceration and escape attempts.

If you partook in the testemonies, you may hear your voice as part of the piece.

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