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Performing North Leitrim is a community-based performing arts collaboration between Leitrim Sculpture Centre, The Glens Centre and communities of North County Leitrim. Advancing co-operation between the two Centres the project supports cross-disciplinary practice through the sharing of resources, knowledge, expertise and skills. Drawing on the idea of collective creativity within diverse arts traditions -  including theatre, performance and installation art, story-telling, sound and music generation, and the performance of the everyday -  the project supports artists and local communities working creatively together in collaboration with the heritage, landscapes and cultures of North Leitrim and the surrounding region.  

Performing North Leitrim includes two projects in 2019: TRACES by Sandra Corrigan-Breathnach and THE TIN TABERNACLE OF TUNES by Little John Nee:

About the event: TRACES is a community arts collaboration organised by the artist Sandra Corrigan-Breathnach. During the first part of the project the artist explored narratives of place in relation to stories she recorded from the HSE Kilgar Group that relate to specific locations in Manorhamilton.  These stories form a sound map pointing to nine audience activated speakers situated throughout the town. Following on from this elements the artist devised workshops, developing drawings from the sound work and creating new traces though a series of performances with the group, with a strong emphasis on how memory, materials, movement and narrative affect our understanding of place.  

Date: The culmination of this work will be shown at the LSC GALLERY on Culture Night Friday 20 September 6pm-8pm with Outdoor Performance Works at the Castle Manorhamilton  - 28 October 2019, 8pm

Sandra Corrigan Breathnach is an artist based in the North West of Ireland.  The primary core of her multidisciplinary practice is the medium of performance art, her practice spans across sculpture, drawing, photography, and sound which intertwine in her performance work. 



The performing artist Little John Nee is developing a project entitled The Return of the Lesser Known Púca Ó Ruairc. The Púca Ó Ruairc is a tired old soul who has been damaged and disempowered by past experiences, trauma, and his own outmoded attitudes. His return to his old haunts and the incidents he encounters allows him to be radically transformed and to have his integrity as a Púca shapeshifter restored by these experiences in a town that has never been better.  
“The Tin Tabernacle of Tunes” is inspired by the Chapel of Ease at Lurganboy. The “Tin Tabernacle” is a small tin shed structure accessible to the public, where people can enter and play music together on metal drums/chimes/instruments tuned to a pentatonic scale. No musical experience to play is necessary!

Date: For Culture Night, Rain Shed, a sound installation will be open to the public in The Glens.

In this project Nee works with sound, film, video and sculpture in collaboration with members of the North Leitrim Mens’ Group, Manorhamilton.

Little John Nee is an Irish storyteller, actor, musician and playwright based in the West of Ireland.
He is an Irish Times Theatre Award Winner, a Washington DC Helen Hayes Award Nominee, Prix d’Italia Special Mention Award and a member of Aosdána.


Performing North Leitrim is financially supported by CREATIVE IRELAND under the CREATIVE COUNTIES network involving: the Backstage Longford; the Hawkswell, Sligo; The Dock, Carrick-on Shannon Leitrim; Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon; the Glens Centre and Leitrim Sculpture Centre, North County Leitrim