The Passion Project

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The Passion Project

Ballyfermot & Cherry Orchard, Saturday 8th April - Sunday 9th April 2017

Ireland’s housing crisis is played out across the streets and civic spaces of Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard in Brokentalkers’s vibrant and thought-provoking, re-imagining of the Passion of Christ.

Brokentalkers have been working with local schools and community groups since January to develop the script for The Passion Project. The story that has emerged from this collaborative process is non-religious but it keeps the great themes of sacrifice, redemption and hope and explores them through the confrontation between a homeless young woman and a property developer.

Professional actors Donal O’Kelly and Roxanna Nic Liam head a cast made up of hundreds of local performers, musicians, dancers and singers. The audience over the two days of the event is expected to exceed two thousand.

From a corporate launch in a local hotel, to a Horse Show in the Cherry Orchard Equine Centre, a huge parade to the Civic Centre, a Best of Ballyer concert and an intense encounter with the brutal realities of our housing emergency, the audience will be challenged and enthralled by Brokentalkers theatrical vision.

Saturday will feature a spectacular Horse Show at the Equine Centre, a huge Parade from there to the Civic Centre with Irish dancers, majorettes, sulkys, drummers and local choirs. There will be a Community Forum event where people will have a chance to reflect on the day’s drama and discuss local concerns.

Sunday’s events will pick up at Ballyfermot Library for a new play by Shaun Dunne based on the themes of home and homelessness, with a performance from C& S Variety.  One of the highlights of the Passion Project will include a “Best of D10” concert at the Ballyfermot College of Further Education on Sunday afternoon which will feature Mary Byrne, The Beermats, Nugget and Tom Phelan. This will be a ticketed event with the proceeds going to Dublin Simon Community which supports the homeless in the D10 area.

The Messenger will face a public trial at the Church of the Assumption, before the final episode of the drama takes place at Markievicz Park on the Sunday evening.

Saturday 8th April
2pm – Aspect Hotel, Park West, start of The Passion Project
3pm – Cherry Orchard Equine Centre, Horse Show
3.30pm – Community Parade from Equine Centre along Blackditch Road to near Civic Centre
4.30pm – Community Forum, Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre

Sunday 9th April
2pm – Ballyfermot Library – Staged performance highlighting personal stories of the housing crisis (30 mins)
5pm – Ballyfermot College of Further Education – The Best of D10 – Concert featuring Mary Byrne, The Beermats, Nugget. Doors at 4.30pm. Tickets €10 – proceeds to Simon Community
6.45pm – Procession from BCFE to The Church of the Assumption
7pm – Church of the Assumption – The Messenger goes on trial
7.15pm – Procession from Church to Markievicz Park
7.30pm – Markievicz Park – Crucifixion and Resurrection

Saturday 8th April - Sunday 9th April 2017
Starts Saturday at 2.00pm
Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin, Ireland

Google Map of Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin, Ireland