An Grianan Theatre Presents ”The Experience of Being” 16th May
May 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An Grianán Theatre presents ”The Experience of Being” Thursday 16th May €12/€10
Written and performed by Carol Moore
An empowering story of a woman who decides to take back control. On her 60th birthday Cathy should be celebrating but it rapidly goes downhill. “In the shop they didn’t see me. They saw a warm cardigan and sensible shoes woman.An insignificant woman.” The Experience of Being is a funny, absorbing and moving one-woman play about dwindling power, how to challenge it and why ageism makes growing older far harder than it needs to be.
Written and performed by Carol Moore
Directed by Patrick J. O’Reilly
Development choreography by Oona Doherty
Music score by Conor Mitchell
Saxophone – Kevin Lawless
Produced by An Grianán Theatre
Duration: 60 minutes
On reaching 60 in 2016, actor/writer, Carol Moore didn’t see herself reflected in contemporary Irish
theatre, nor was she being offered challenging roles for her own age-group. She felt invisible as an
older woman and redundant as an older artist. For 18 months Carol has been writing and
developing a one-woman play titled “The Experience of Being”.
The Experience of Being:
● The play straddles two worlds. One is memory where conflict, religion and power from
many sources limited the choices of girls and young women growing up in Belfast, while in
the present Carol is holding up a mirror up to society’s obsession with youthfulness and
where power can so easily be stripped from older citizens. The play examines power and
gender stereotyping, age myths and the challenges of ageing facing us all.
● It is an original, funny and absorbing interdisciplinary production which uses
text/physicality/music to tell a powerful story that connects and resonates with a 50+
age-group but also engages with audiences across all age-groups.
● Has a critically acclaimed creative team. Director, Patrick J. O’Reilly, is Artistic Director of
Tinderbox Theatre Company, composer Conor Mitchell is Artistic Director of music/theatre
company, Belfast Ensemble, choreographer, Oona Doherty, is an internationally acclaimed
dancer/choreographer and saxophonist, Kevin Lawless, a highly skilled Irish musician.
● Produced by Patricia McBride, Director of An Gríanán Theatre, Letterkenny to tour
nationally from late April/May 2019. A showcase of the production was performed at Prime
Cut’s theatre symposium in January at the Mac Theatre, Belfast.
The production intends to:
● Demonstrate that older artists like Carol continue to be creatively challenged and open to
the cross fertilization offered by other artists.
● Create a product and a platform whereby the voice of women of age specifically and older
citizens in general can be heard
● Assemble a team of artists all at the cutting edge of theatre/ performance to deliver a
theatre piece which demonstrates and showcases a product of the highest possible
standards in the writing, performance and production values
● Work meaningfully with partners, including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts &
Business NI, Culture Ireland, sponsors, age related organisations like Age NI, Age and
Opportunity, venues and community groups to increase awareness of the value of the arts
in bringing people together and challenging perceptions and myths around ageing.
● Monitor the impact of production on its audience.
● Enhance the delivery message of positive ageing by offering a number of post-show
discussions on the challenges and opportunities around ageing, with speakers from
organisations like Age NI, Engage with Age and Age and Opportunity.
● Carol is also interviewing people of age, with a view to creating sound installations for
About Carol Moore
Carol Moore has maintained a freelance career across four decades in acting, theatre directing,
film directing and drama facilitation. Carol was co-founder/co-Artistic Director of Charabanc Theatre Company 1983 –’95, their adoption of research and oral interviewing, taking people’s life-experiences and transforming those into theatrical experiences, then delivering it back in non-traditional theatre venues was ground-breaking in reaching new audiences. Charabanc brought Northern Ireland to the attention of international academics and gained both a national/international reputation.
Carol’s acting career includes work with many leading Northern Irish companies including
Charabanc, the Lyric, Tinderbox, Brassneck and Kabosh as well as international touring to North
America, the former Soviet Union, Germany, South Africa and Rwanda.
Carol has directed a number of plays including at the Lyric Theatre in the early 1990’s and was
one of a number of directors on Convictions (Tinderbox) which won ‘Best Production’ at tge Irish
Times Awards, 2000.As a writer her work includes a book about Charabanc Theatre company, a monologue about the first Irish women trade unionist Mary Galway, Shrieking Sisters with Maggie Cronin and one-woman play The Experience of Being (previously titled Dangerous Female).
As a filmmaker she won ‘Best First Time Director’ at Celtic Film Festival,1997, for Gort na
gCnámh, History Unfinished, was Northern Ireland regional winner of BAFTA 60 sec film
competition (2007) and feature film Pumpgirl (2008). She received a NESTA fellowship (2003 –
2005) making a series of documentary films around cultural diversity, which screened at
International festivals. She received a Best Actress nominaton in Reefer and the Model at the
European film Awards, 1989. She was a Creative Consultant for arts/heritage organisation Red Lead Arts (2003/6) curating Belfast as it Used to Be and directingThe Iceberg and The Liverpool Boat.