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Everlasting Voices

Posted on 18 Jul 2014

Below is the press release for a play I’m performing in called Everlasting Voices – A Ghuthanna Síoraí. I’ve performed with them once earlier this year in India, so it’ll be great to have a run in Dublin. There’s quite a bit of music I’ve written specially for this play,  which Clodagh and I sing. Also a nice version of The Sally Gardens in Irish and English sung by myself. They are a great bunch of people to work with. More details below! Book your tickets here https://www.ctb.ie/tickets/samuelbeckett/?shows=%


Everlasting Voices

Guthanna Síoraí

Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin – August 12 – 16th, 2014

Two shows daily at 1.10pm and at 4pm.

Tickets: www.tcd.ie/beckett-theatre (tel: 01 8962 461)

Duration: 50 minutes

The glorious poetry of three of our Nobel Laureates is brought to life in a

unique theatrical experience by actors Cathal Quinn and Clodagh Smith and

evocatively enhanced by musician and singer Enda Reilly and contemporary

dancer Megan Kennedy.

We are brought on a journey from cradle to grave beginning with the magic

of childhood, moving on to courtship and love, and into the realm of old

age, reflection, and the mystery of life itself; the poetry of W.B. Yeats,

Samuel Beckett, and Seamus Heaney guiding us and charting our journey.

Aphorisms from another Nobel Laureate G.B. Shaw add colour and humour,

and, with Irish-language translations of some of the poetry by world-
renowned poet and translator Gabriel Rosenstock, we are treated to another

interpretation of these four masters, resonating beautifully in the older tongue.

Everlasting Voices/ Guthanna Síoraí sold out the National Concert Hall in July

2013, and was performed at the Hyderabad Literary Festival in India earlier this

year. Audiences in Dublin will have an opportunity to enjoy the performance

from August 12 – 16th

The aforementioned poets are known throughout the world. But at the heart

of the poems selected here are basic human emotions with which we can all

identify. And with contemporary music and dance the drama within the works

is brought vividly to life, giving us fresh interpretations of lines that may be

familiar to some and new to others.

Director Tristan Rosenstock notes:

The poems selected chart our journey from cradle to grave, touching upon

the human condition in all its vulnerable glory. And the human condition is

something that never changes. The literary giants who penned these poems

– W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, and Seamus Heaney – are celebrated in all

corners of the globe. Their voices transcend all that supposedly separates us.

Their voices are truly everlasting.

, before it moves to Belfast.

Artistic Director and actor Cathal Quinn adds:

‘The poems come off the page and into people’s hearts, where they belong.

We received permission from Seamus Heaney to mount this production only

months before he died, it was very poignant performing it in India after his

death, he is as just loved and revered abroad as he is here, and just as much

as Yeats, Beckett and Shaw.’

It is suitable for all lovers of poetry aged 9-99.

Everlasting Voices – The Team

Cathal Quinn – Actor

Clodagh Smith – Actor

Megan Kennedy – Dancer

Enda Reilly – Singer, musician

*All translations of poems into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock

Director – Tristan Rosenstock

Producer – Melissa Nolan

Lighting and Set Design – Zia Holly

‘Megan Kennedy with her apt and graceful dance’ Shiba Minai, Metro India.

‘The baritone of the men transported listeners to far off lands’ Harika


A Guthanna Binne Síoraí production.

Guthanna Binne Síoraí was formed in 2012 by poet and translator Gabriel

Rosenstock and director, actor and Voice coach Cathal Quinn. They decided

that they wanted to stage the works of great Irish poets, and to do it in English

and in Irish, utilising to the full the talents of the two founders in creating

projects, then to employ highly skilled musicians, actors, singers and dancers to

bring these projects fully to life.