KEEPSAKETHEATRE presents the world premiere of
Rua Breathnach’s WELCOME TO THE STRANGER
Asenath Nicholson’s journey through the Great Famine
Directed by Rémi Beelprez
KEEPSAKETHEATRE is a new collaboration between Irish playwright Rua Breathnach and Belgian director Rémi Beelprez.
Our aim is to make exciting, contemporary theatre inspired by half-forgotten texts and past events that speak urgently to us today.
‘WELCOME TO THE STRANGER’, an original creation based on Asenath Nicholson’s eye-witness account of the Great Famine, is the first step in this process.
From the very start, it seemed right to launch this project in Skibbereen, a place synonymous with the Great Famine; for this unique production we've brought together a local cast and crew of all ages and backgrounds, some of whom make their first appearance in theatre. In the same spirit of inclusion, we'd like to invite the public to a post-show discussion of the contemporary significance of the Famine on August 1st with playwright, Rua Breathnach, in the Town Hall. All Welcome!
Rua Breathnach is a native of Dublin. His first two plays, ‘Rondo’ and ‘Avenida’, premiered in Brussels in 2013 and 2015 respectively. He moved with his family from that city to Union Hall in 2016. ‘Welcome to the Stranger’ is his first full-length play.
Rémi Beelprez has collaborated with many acclaimed theatre makers including Ivo Van Hove, Trisha Brown, Jan Fabre and Thomas Ostermeier.
Since 2010, he has specialised in adapting new texts for performance. Amongst his many credits, he directed Rua Breathnach’s first two plays and, most recently, ‘Les Fruits du Monde’, a piece of opera-theatre, based on the autobiographical writings of 18th century castrato Filippo Balatri, which is currently touring Belgium and France.