MayDay Creates | Michelle Cahill
8 + 9 Feb 2019 | 7:30pm | Main Space
In an attic, in a house, with only letters for company, a woman takes a precarious step into the vibrancy of her imagination. Exploring intimacy between Him and Her, connected by words on a page and interspersed with moments of tenderness and humour. Thirteen Steps to the Attic evokes the ephemeral nature of the past and memory, exploring the known, the unknown, and the invisible desire that was unquestionably real.
Versatile performer Michelle Cahill presents her first solo work; a multi layered montage of movement and text performed with a live sound-score and recorded tracks from the eclectic band Thieves of Silence.
Based on a true story.
Thirteen Steps to the Attic had its premiere at Firkin Crane Cork and a successful run at Galway Theatre Festival 2018.
Recommended Age : 14+
Running time : 55 mins
Devised by Michelle Cahill
Text by Michelle Cahill & Rowan Tolley
Performed by Michelle Cahill
Directed by Rowan Tolley
Set design by David Carney
Costume design by Kate Silva
Music composed and played by Thieves of Silence
Chief LX: Blue Hanley
Originally funded by the Arts Council and GoFund Me Campaign.
Supported by Shawbrook, Dance Ireland, Tipperary Dance Platform, FringeLAB, Ballygar Theatre & Arts Space and produced in association with Firkin Crane.
About Michelle Cahill
Michelle Cahill is a producer and performer. Her work is underpinned with an interest in creative and physical expression, supporting the development of the individual and collaborating with others to realise artistic goals. She trained in dance-theatre and performance in Yorkshire and London. She was a recipient of an Arts Council bursary and a scholarship to study at the Laban Centre, London, (now Trinity LABAN). Her performance work over the past 20 years spans theatre, dance, film, street-performance and puppetry and she has extensive experience in community and socially engaged arts practices and dance education. Thirteen Steps to the Attic is her first full length solo work. The piece premiered at Firkin Crane, Cork and was programmed at Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway Theatre Festival (2018).
As a producer she works with Rowan Tolley Company and has worked for independent theatre and dance artists including Junk Ensemble, Liv O’Donoghue, Martin Sharry and Cathy Coughlan / HAVOC.
Michelle is the programme coordinator at Shawbrook, Co. Longford, a dedicated dance space in the Irish Midlands.