Smashing Times are delighted to announce that The Woman is Present: Womens Stories of WWII will be performed in Rathfarnham Castle on 22 August.
The Woman is Present - Womens Stories of WWII is a creative re-imagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against fascism and totalitarianism and refused to accept oppression. The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful womens stories in history and gender equality today.
Womens stories in the performance include 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, Marta Hillers (1911-2001) from Germany who wrote her autobiography Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) under the name Anonyma (Anonymous), detailing her experiences of the last days of WWII as she and over one million other women were raped and abused by Allied soldiers of the Red Army, Neus Catala Palleja (1915-2019) from Spain, a member of the United Socialist Party of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War, an active collaborator with the French Resistance during WWII, and up until very recently the only living Spanish survivor of Ravensbruck concentration camp for women; Maria Eugenia Jasinska (1906-43) from Lodz in Poland who worked for the resistance and gave up her own life rather than name names, and Dolores Ibarruri, or La Pasionaria (1895-1989), from Spain, a revolutionary leader, political activist, communist and crusader against fascism during the Spanish Civil War who created the famous cry They Shall Not Pass.
For further information please visit the Smashing Times website (smashingtimes.ie) or contact the Smashing Times office on info (at) smashingtimes.ie or 353 01 865 6613
Such a moving piece of theatre. The performances were excellent. - Sabina Coyne-Higgins, Aras an Uachtarain First Lady, Patron of Smashing Times
The work Smashing Times are doing is so important. We need to hear more of these stories. - Laura Brady
Im amazed I never heard those stories before. It was so interesting, thank you for a wonderful performance. - Elaine Cronin
Thanks to all the cast and crew of The Woman is Present! What a wonderful evening. - Mary Duffin
Brilliant, moving, eye opening journey into stories of womens bravery. - Sarah Glennane