Carmen Cullen Presents

My Aunt and I - The Story of Four Generations

Poet Carmen Cullen tells her childhood story with her stunning Pandemic Poetry Videos.

Interspersed, are live readings of the poems and a fictional setting, read by her grand-daughter Rianna Roddy.

Music to accompany the readings is by Gerry Anderson. Also in the programme, Carmen reflects back on her singer Aunt, the iconic Delia Murphy, an invisible influence to help her on her artistic journey. She tells her aunt’s story and sings her songs. Images for the videos by Deirdre Ridgway and videography by Conor McGowan.

Performers: Carmen Cullen, Gerry Anderson – guitar, Ríanna Ní Rodaigh – reader

*Proof of full vaccination or else a recovery from COVID-19 certificate in the past 6 months is mandatory for patrons over the age of 18 to attend this performance. A valid form of ID is required to check certificates.*

Carmen Cullen

Carmen was Head of English in Coláiste Dhúlaigh. Her publications include, Class Acts, Drama. Sky of Kites and Under the Eye of the Moon, Poetry. Her novels published by Liberties Press are Two Sisters Singing, 2013 and Hello Love, 2017. She was awarded an M.Phil in Creative Writing, Trinity, 2009 and as a singer has toured with her show Hello Delia Murphy since 2009. She recently was a featured poet as part of Poetry Town 2021 and also contributed to Bray's Medieval Project.

Gerry Anderson

Gerry Anderson is a full time private teacher of music, and a composer. He teaches keyboard, guitar and mandolin to Diploma and performance levels .and also teaches the harpsichord, battente and the mandola. He has been accompanying the Delia Murphy Songs and Story Event since 2010. He plays regularly a resident musician in Caffe Letterario on The Albert Walk in Bray.

Jeni Roddy

For 20 years Jeni Roddy has worked as an interdisciplinary artist and designer in collaborations producing live content through the mediums of theatre, film, live event and performance art. Underpinning her work is an interest in the body's performative relationship to socially constructed and natural environments.

Jeni graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2008 with a first class degree in Costume for the Performing Arts. She worked for 9 seasons at the Wexford Festival Opera, heading the Costume Department for four of those.

Together with Ríonach Ní Néill, she was co-curator on Weatherproof Me! and lead artist on Umbrella Orphanage, part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 flagship programme Hope it Rains | Soineann nó Doineann.

Jeni currently works at the Wexford Arts Centre developing a teaching practice that combines somatic learning with the development of visual thinking strategies as devices for developing key skills for young practitioners and audiences of the Visual Arts.

Ríanna Ní Rhódaigh

Ríanna Ní Rhódaigh is a grand daughter of Carmen Cullen. She is currently a student at Colaiste Ráithín in Bray.

Deirdre Maher Ridgway

Deirdre Maher Ridgway

Carmen Cullen poet and writer asked me to collaborate using my images to compliment her words. Challenging but very rewarding. It has given me the opportunity of showing of some, documentary, abstract images from the huge catalogue I have. I hope to continue working this vein and other visual projects.

deirdreamaherridgway@gmail.com

​Conor McGowan

Conor McGowan is a theatre and film artist and recent graduate of NUI Galway, whose most recent research explored the ethos of Boal's 'Theatre of the Oppressed' in a documentary-making context. Currently, he is involved in running 'Kilmac Drama', a community based theatre and filmmaking group for young people in county Wicklow, and 'Commoners' Theatre' a collective of actors and writers in Bray that workshops and produces new writing. Conor's interests and experience in dramatic art include design, writing, acting and directing. Past credits include directing Mark O'Rowe's 'Terminus' at NUI Galway and acting as Christy Mahon in Isabel Cruz's adaptation of 'The Playboy of the Western World' staged in Santa Cruz, California. Recently Conor has worked with Klinkerdin and Common Ground Bray to present and curate an online Culture Night festival.