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Killing Stella in the Belltable, Limerick
Killing Stella is inspired by Marlen Haushofer’s compelling novella Wir töten Stella (Austria, 1958), an unflinching story of collusion in abuse, and the price that has to be paid for remaining silent. This is the very first time Haushofer’s story has been translated and adapted for an English-speaking audience. With a host Department of Theatre staff and graduate involvement.
Stella is dead, the funeral is over and Anna’s husband, Richard, has taken the children to his mother’s 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. She can’t help the baby bird shrieking in the garden for its mother, but she could have helped Stella..
In keeping with Gaitkrash’s signature exploration across art forms to create cutting-edge theatre, the performers, Bernadette Cronin (actor) and Eimear Reidy (cello), create a multi-layered language of performance to tell this story of the subtle abuse of a powerless young woman, the trauma of teenage pregnancy, and the damage that unfolds when the witness remains silent. Original composition, visual aesthetic, movement and monologue are interwoven to form a finely-tuned and tightly spun tapestry.
Directed by Regina Crowley, with Dramaturgy by Marie Kelly, Lighting Design by Tim Feehily, Set Design by Davy Dummigan & Costume Design by Valentina Gambardella; Gaitkrash‘s Killing Stella is a show that challenges the boundaries of theatre, sound, image and movement. You will be amused, baffled, moved, disturbed – possibly all at the same time! – and guaranteed a show that will linger long after you’ve left the theatre.
KILLING STELLA come to the Belltable, Limerick on the 16th May at 8pm. Tickets €18/€16 availble from the box office. Book online at www.limetreetheatre.ie or via (061) 953400.
For more on this story contact:
Dr Bernadette Cronin
Department of Theatre
University College Cork