Dylan Tighe, director of the Irish Times Irish Theatre Award 2009 winner for Best Production, launches an ambitious new project entitled Record which explores depression and the concept of mental illness with courage, imagination, subversive humour and radical honesty. The project will be shown as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival.

Venue: Half Moon Theatre
Dates: 22 June – 30 June
Times: Fri 22 – Sun 24 @ 8pm (Preview), Mon 25 @ 8pm , Tue 26 (No performance), Wed 27 – Sat 30 @ 8pm
Duration: 2 hrs approx, no interval
Cost: €15 / €12 concession, €12 /€10 previews 22 -24 June
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The first part of the project involves the release of Dylan’s debut album, Record, produced by leading producer Jimmy Eadie. The second part is the world premiere of an “alternative opera” based on the songs from the album to be premiered during the Festival, which also draws on medical records, autobiography, fiction and 16mm film. May contain nudity, strobe lighting, loud music, explicit content.

A series of special events accompany the Festival production of Record:

Dylan Tighe presents Samples, a series of discussions, events and screenings exploring the influences, sources and themes of his new project Record. These events aim to explore and shift consciousness around the representation of mental health.

All events are free and take place at the Half Moon Theatre (with the exception of Every Little Thing screened at The Gate Cinema)

Tuesday 26 June
Noon / Dylan Tighe in discussion with psychiatrist and author Pat Bracken
Director of the West Cork Mental Health Service Dr. Pat Bracken is, as a psychiatrist, philosopher and writer, a pioneer in mental health reform and ethics in Ireland.
2pm / The Gate Cinema / Screening of Every Little Thing a documentary by Nicolas Philibert introduced by Dylan Tighe
(France 1996) Like every year, the patients and staff at the La Borde psychiatric clinic come together to put on a play. Making us question the distinctions that society applies in classifying people as normal or abnormal, the film charts the passage of this magical event and allows the viewer a glimpse at life in one of the world’s most highly regarded psychiatric institutions.

Wednesday 27 June
Noon / Dylan Tighe in discussion with activist and author Mary Maddock and members of MindFreedom Ireland
Mary Maddock, author of the book Soul Survivor, is a founder of MindFreedom Ireland, an organization which campaigns for a non-violent revolution in the mental health system.
2.30pm / Screening of You’re Gonna Miss Me (USA 2005 rated 16) a documentary by Keven McAlester introduced by Dylan Tighe.
Documentary about rock pioneer Roky Erickson, detailing his rise as a psychedelic hero, his institutionalization, his descent into poverty and filth and his family’s struggle to improve his care.

Thursday 28 June
Noon / Music and Madness a discussion between music writer Siobhan Kane and Dylan Tighe
Siobhán Kane contributes to radio shows and has written for various publications on music and culture including The Irish Times, Thumped, The Event Guide.
2.30pm / Collaboration in Context, event chaired by Katherine Atkinson and hosted by CREATE with Dylan Tighe, Mark Storor and Grace Dyas
A forum for shared learning around collaborative arts practice with a particular focus on health.

Friday 29 June
Noon / The future of mental health a discussion with John O’Donoghue, David McCarthy, Gretta Crowley, Marie Maddock, Harry Gijbels, and Lydia Sapouna, hosted by Dylan Tighe
John O’Donoghue is the author of Sectioned: A Life Interrupted Mind Book Of The Year 2010. David McCarthy is the CEO of Mad Pride Ireland, an organization promoting understanding of the issues surrounding mental health by engaging the community through active participation in a fun environment. Gretta Crowley is local Health Manager at the South Lee Local Health Office of Health Service Executive. Harry Gijbels and Lydia Sapouna, members of the Critical Voices Network, are lecturers at University College Cork in the mental health area.
2.30pm / Critical and Creative Approaches in Mental Health Presentations by Critical Voices Network of Ireland and John O’Donoghue
CVNI is a network that works towards one common universal goal of protecting human rights and mental health reform for Ireland. John O’Donoghue, author of Sectioned: A Life Interrupted, also teaches Creative Writing at the University of Westminster (UK).

Saturday 30 June
Noon / Performance and Madness Dylan Tighe in discussion with Anna Harpin (UK)
Anna Harpin is a lecturer at the University of Exeter whose primary areas of research are contemporary performance, health, psychiatry and ethics.
2.30pm / Performance and Madness Presentation by artist Sean Burn (UK) followed by a discussion with Dylan Tighe
Sean Burn is an English writer, performer and outsider artist actively involved in disability arts.

Album released 18 May and available from dylantighe.bandcamp.com, iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers.
A Cork Midsummer Festival and Dylan Tighe production.
A co-production with Dublin Theatre Festival.
Supported by an Arts Council Project Award and the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme managed by CREATE.
Developed at the Oonagh Young Gallery Dublin, Theatre Development Centre Cork and Irish Cultural Centre Paris
Additional support by Create, Pan Pan Theatre, Rough Magic Production Support, Irish Film Archive, HSE
RECORD would not have been possible without the generous contributions of Fundit funders


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