Date: 6th Saturday 2018 at 7.30pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Friends of Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company are hosting a storytelling event on Saturday 6 January 2018. The evening is a gathering of women, men and young people to remember and celebrate all women with a focus on the centenary of the suffrage movement and the plight of today’s migrant women. Women remembered include Dr Kathleen Lynn (1874-1955), medical doctor, feminist and social activist; Constance Markievicz (1868-1927), one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, the first woman elected to the British House of Commons and first female Cabinet Minister in Europe; and Hanna Sheehy Skeffington (1877-1946), feminist, pacifist and human rights campaigner and one of the original founders of the Irish Women’s Franchise League. Smashing Times also take this opportunity to remember and celebrate the incredible work of Mary Elmes (1908-2002), a Cork woman who was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving Jewish children from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II. All stories are important and by remembering women such as Dr Kathleen Lynn, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington or Mary Elmes we hope to play a part in opening up debate on the many different roles women have played in history. Also the story of Mary Elmes has many parallels today. Mary was actively involved in helping refugees who were fleeing from war and persecution. Today we are witnessing the flight of ordinary men, women and children from the war and there is an onus on all of us to support in whatever way we can. Each person brings a photograph of a woman they love, sharing her story, wisdom and insights.