KILLING STELLA

KILLING STELLA

Date:  6th September

Time: 8:00pm

Price: €18.00 / €16.00 conc.

Gaitkrash Theatre Company presents

KILLING STELLA

  • Directed - Regina Crowley
  • Translated from German, Scripted & Performed by Bernadette Cronin, in collaboration with the creative team
  • Original composition - Eimear Reidy
  • Prelude - Mick O’Shea

Following on a hugely successful premiere of KILLING STELLA at The Everyman Theatre, Cork last year, and its tour to Belltable in Limerick this year, I’m delighted to announce the show will have its Waterford premiere on Friday September 6th at Theatre Royal.

Stella is dead, the funeral is over, and Anna’s husband has taken the children to his mothers for the weekend. Alone at last, Anna has two days ahead of her to make sense of the catastrophe that ensues when she takes the 19-year-old Stella into her home...

Director Regina Crowley and performers Bernadette Cronin (actor/translation/script) and Eimear Reidy (cello/composition) create a haunting riddle that will entertain, intrigue and unsettle the spectator all at once and linger long after the lights come down. New writing, original composition, visual aesthetic, movement and monologue are interwoven to form a finely tuned and tightly spun tapestry. Prelude by Mick O’Shea, Lighting Design by Tim Feehily, Set Design by Davy Dummigan & Costume Design by Valentina Gambardella; Translated from German and adapted for stage from Marlen Haushofer’s compelling novella

 

‘…Regina Crowley’s direction is still and meditative in a production that reveals in gesture and image as much as it does in language…’

‘… The cello is like an onstage character…’

‘…Key to the success of teasing out the strands of this sombre story is the performance by Bernadette Cronin. She is a picture of elegance and decorum, but she finds a way to make her character one with whom we can connect…’  Liam Heylin, Evening Echo

‘If you’re a lover of intense and intriguing performances that will stay with you after you leave the theatre, KILLING STELLA may be for you.’ Rachel O’Leary, No More Workhorse

 

This project has been supported by an Arts Council Theatre Project Award, UCC, and CIT

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‘ Wir töten Stella’ (Austria, 1958), KILLING STELLA is an unflinching story of collusion in abuse, and the price that has to be paid for remaining silent.

‘…Regina Crowley’s direction is still and meditative in a production that reveals in gesture and image as much as it does in language… The cello is like an onstage character……Key to the success of teasing out the strands of this sombre story is the performance by Bernadette Cronin. She is a picture of elegance and decorum, but she finds a way to make her character one with whom we can connect…’ Liam Heylin, Evening Echo

‘If you’re a lover of intense and intriguing performances that will stay with you after you leave the theatre, KILLING STELLA may be for you.’ Rachel O’Leary, No More Workhorse

‘The music played by Reidy is original composition and eloquently scores the depth of feeling and tragic outcome of Anna’s passivity in the face of such damage. Injury reverberates beyond deed and death.’ Rose Rushe, Limerick Post

‘It’s very rare to see a company of such experience tackling new and challenging texts with such discipline and heart. It’s rare for me to feel so excited about where a company is going next.’ Tim Crouch on Gaitkrash

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About Gaitkrash Theatre Company 

Gaitkrash was formed in 2007 by theatre artists Bernadette Cronin, Regina Crowley and sound, visual and food artist Mick O’Shea. The starting point of all our work is the alchemy of collaboration when different artistic filters come together to explore shared questions about human existence and the creative process. The cornerstone of our exploration happens at the intersection between image, text and sound, in keeping with Arnold Schopenhauer’s thesis that when images are accompanied by sound, “the sound seems to open up their most secret sense and meaning, and to constitute the clearest commentary on them”. With each project Gaitkrash continues to explore new territories in order to craft multi-modal performance events that offer the audience a rich, immersive experience and food for reflection long after they’ve left the building.

Previous work includes: COSY (Cork Midsummer Festival, 2019), KILLING STELLA (Everyman Cork, 2018), ENGLAND (Cork Midsummer Festival 2018), NOT I (Cork Midsummer Festival 2016), PLAYING ‘THE MAIDS’ (preview Cork Midsummer Festival 2014, premiere Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff, and Wales tour, 2015), BECKETT @ THE FACTORY (National Sculpture Factory 2012),  CABINET OF CURIOSITIES (Granary Theatre, Cork 2006, 2007), The Stack Theatre, CIT (2008), Excursions Festival Limerick (2008), An Crúibín, Cork Midsummer Festival (2009)

www.gaitkrash.com

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KILLING STELLA