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Famished by Cherry Smyth with Ed Bennett and Lauren Kinsella
August 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm€7
Cherry Smyth will perform her new poetic piece ‘Famished’ exploring the Irish famine and the role of colonialism in the cataslymic event which killed at least one million people and forced another million to emigrate. The poem is inspired by the current migrant crisis, in which migrants cross dangerous seas to reach safety. The current crisis also evokes the ‘coffin ships’ which crossed the Atlantic during the Irish Famine. Smyth collaborates with composer Ed Bennett and vocalist Lauren Kinsella for the performance. She uses the idea of collective lament as a means of expressing ancestral trauma. The piece weaves together traditional lyric, imagined voices from the 1840s, historical facts, nursery rhymes, autobiography and lists to form a multilayered and dynamic piece. The long poem is also the first of its kind to examine the role of women in the Irish Famine.