Have I No Mouth
Part of Performance Space 122's COIL 2014 Festival
Written and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan
Performed by Ann Cannon, Feidlim Cannon, Erich Keller
A real-life mother and son take a brave, unflinching look at their past and attempt to piece together the truth in the aftermath of a family tragedy. In an innovatively theatrical performance, Brokentalkers’ Feidlim Cannon and his mother, Ann, are joined onstage by their Dublin-based psychotherapist, Erich Keller, who guides them through an exploration of old memories, childhood recollections, and the different ways we can heal ourselves. Have I No Mouth is a moving and astonishingly unvarnished portrait of grief, and a celebration of the ever-changing relationship between a mother and son.
Dublin-based Brokentalkers are internationally acclaimed for their pioneering approach to theater. In Have I No Mouth, they continue to explore the world we live in with honesty, originality and humor.
Irish Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary performing arts center in Hell's Kitchen that presents the best of contemporary Irish and Irish American arts and culture.
Brokentalkers are supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland. Brokentalkers are part of Project Catalyst, an initiative of Project Arts Centre. Brokentalkers are represented by Sarah Ford / Quaternaire.
This program is supported by, in part, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.
"Mouthpeace: Brokentalkers' Have I No Mouth"
"A Real-Life Mother and Son Share Memories and Grief"
Brokentalkers is a Dublin-based theater company formed in 2001 by Feidlim Cannon, Damien Fenty, Gary Keegan, and Faye Munns upon graduation from De Montfort University, Leicester. For the past 10 years, under the artistic directorship of Feidlim and Gary, Brokentalkers has built a reputation as one of Ireland’s most innovative and original theater companies, by making formally ambitious work that defies categorization.
Their work has been presented in a variety of spaces, ranging from theaters to public spaces, disused sites and the Internet. To date, Brokentalkers has performed in UK, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Romania, Belgium, France, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
The company's working method is founded on a collaborative process that draws from the skills and experiences of a large and diverse group of contributors, from different disciplines and backgrounds. Some are professional artists, performers, designers, and writers, and others are people who do not usually work in the theatre but who bring an authenticity to the work that is compelling. Brokentalkers productions respond to the contemporary world of which they are part and use elements such as original writing, dance, classic texts, film, interviews, found materials and music to represent that world in performance.