It takes a village (2017)

ensemble / CYD (45 mins)


"It takes a Village" follows Catherine's critically acclaimed 2016 show, Welcoming the Stranger (2016) and was commissioned by Siamsa Tire & Kerry County Council for Culture Night 2017. Working once again with migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and Kerry locals, this new show goes deeper and particularly highlights the challenges of those in Direct Provision. The piece welcomes Ireland's new communities, their cultures, music, dances and songs and shows that it truly takes a village, it takes all of us, the entire community to make change.


the team
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Catherine Young
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Music Director

Martin Schaerer 

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Simbarashe Chikutuva, Teresa Galvin, Mintesinot Getachew, Mongiwa Selima KaQondindlela, Ahmed Lulu, Shingai Manyere, Nyasha Masuku, Hlengiwe Mbali, Maria McCarthy, Samantha Mhlanga, Sithandiwe Moyo, Gladys Mtashane, Wakisa Mwabungulu, Adrian Mwenje, Knowledge Ncube, Regina Neilan, Moyo Njabuliso Angela, Priviledge Nokuthula Nkomo, Rachel O’Shea, Mathilda Poff, Daisy Pondwa, Ntabiseng Schreurs, Rethabile Schreurs, Alaa Sinani, Eilise Sullivan, Tracy Sumani, Sylvia Thompson, Sami Torabi & Siphathokuhle Tshuma.



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Music | Sound Design

Cormac Breathnach (low whistle/vocals), Brian Fleming (percussion), Vyvienne Long (Cello), Ted Moynihan (perucussion), Jade O'Connor (Vocals), Damien O'Neill (perucssion), Jon Sanders (Mandolo) , Martin Schaerer (percussion). Text by Sarah Clancy. Sound Design: Fiona Sheil


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Lighting Design


Tim Feehily        |     Video: Maria McCarthy


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Supported By:


Siamsa Tire, Kerry County Council, Creative Ireland, The Arts Council & The Department of Justice & Equality

Culture Night, Siamsa Tire, Sept 22, 2017



show trailer


short documentary 'behind the scenes'





Culture Night

Photos: Mark O'Rourke