Wednesday 6 March 2023




The Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin



The Tightrope Walker by Jennifer Macdonald navigates a personal journey through the chaotic and profound territory of illness and recovery with humour and humility. It explores the grief inherent in a serious diagnosis, as well as the community and characters who share in the journey. It is a testament to the care and connection we may find in challenging times.

This performance is taking place as part of Creative Brain Week, an annual pioneering event that illustrates innovation at the intersection of arts and brain science, including creative approaches to health.

The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with the artist and invited guests.

Supported by The Civic Theatre Tallaght, South Dublin County Council and the Irish Hospice Foundation.

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Jennifer Macdonald

Jenny is a theatre maker and facilitator. Her first solo play “Enthroned” premiered at First Fortnight Festival 2016 and has since been programmed by festivals and venues in Ireland and internationally including the Civic, glor, Town Hall, Galway, and the New York International Fringe.

She is writer in residence at the Irish Hospice Foundation and was a facilitator for their Compassionate Culture Network 2021-2022. She is an Associate Artist with the Abbey Theatre’s Community and Education department and works collaboratively with the Abbey and the Royal College of Physicians to create drama-based trainings for physicians.

In 2019, Jenny founded SoloSIRENs to amplify female-identifying voices and to explore more just, caring and sustainable ways of making theatre and living our lives. With SoloSIRENs she has curated two festivals and two symposia on feminist aesthetics and care. With SoloSIRENs Collective, she has directed original, devised works including ‘Dear Ireland III’ (Abbey Theatre, 2020), ‘Cessair’ (Civic Theatre/TCA 2021) and ‘Careground’ (SoloSIRENs Festival, 2023).

She lectures in Socially Engaged Theatre at Trinity College, Dublin, is a tutor on the New York University Masters in Educational Theatre, and a regular guest lecturer in Arts & Health at Central School of Speech and Drama (London).


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