Listen and Breathe presents

OF A MIND

A heart-mending story of humankind-ness

Created by award-winning artists Listen and Breathe, and commissioned by Mermaid Arts Centre, OF A MIND captures the changing spirit of our lives in a guided audio experience designed especially for Bray’s iconic promenade.

Born out of a nostalgia for seeing and being seen at Mass on Sunday, yoga class on Wednesday, or the GAA on Saturday, this experience invites you to reconnect with nature and find your place in the crowd again.

Meditative, immersive, and informed by the latest in mind-body research, dive deeper into the mystery of our minds as you step into rhythm with your breath and take a trip through the collective consciousness.

Guided by a live narrator and set to a score of local voices, sounds and music, gather as one of 50 at the Victorian bandstand for this outdoor walking experience using your own smartphone and headphones.

How to take part:

Taking part is simple. You’ll need a topped-up smartphone, your best set of headphones. Detailed instructions and a link to join the performance will be sent to your email 24 hours before your start time.

We’ve built this experience with your safety in mind. The walking route takes place in public and there’s an incline. Dress for Irish weather. The Mermaid Arts Centre’s team will be on hand to assist you when you arrive at the bandstand. The show is live, so arrive early.

How to get here:

For directions to the Bray bandstand on Google Maps click here.

Bray is accessible by public transport. The meeting point is a 5-minute walk from the Dart station and is served by the 155, 45A, 84A. Parking is available at Bray Dart Station or Mermaid Arts Centre. Street parking is limited and traffic is heavy coming into Bray. Please consider public transport options or bicycles where possible.

For further information, accessibility enquiries, or for guidance setting up your smartphone to experience the show, please email info@mermaidartscentre.ie.

Show duration: approximately 45 minutes

Suitable for ages 14+

Image credit: Bad Apple Creative

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

Listen and Breathe is an award-winning artist collective led by dramaturg and producer, Hugh Farrell, and Drama Desk-nominated sound designer, Tyler Kieffer.

Since 2015, the duo have been creating interactive headphone experiences at festivals in Ireland and the United States which explore how we interact with each other and our environment. Their shows harness the effects of binaural audio to transport audiences into meditative states of consciousness designed to refresh their sense of wonder in the world.

Past shows include Every Morning I Wake and Seem to Forget (Body&Soul 2016, Another Love Story 2017-18, Clonmel Junction Festival); All Day I Imagine How to Act (Live Collision International Festival 2017); FEAST: Every Year I Grow Again (Nantucket Culinary Centre, U.S.A. 2018).

Hugh Farrell

Hugh is an Irish writer, dramaturg and producer working across theatre, opera, music and the visual arts. He is digital producer for live-streaming with Landmark Productions, led by Anne Clarke. Recent credits for Landmark include The Saviour, Postcards from the Ledge, Happy Days, and The Approach. Hugh is a visiting researcher at the Department of Drama, Trinity College Dublin, where he is writing a paper on the emergence of experiential storytelling under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Johnson. Hugh was awarded the Arts Council's Next Generation Artist Bursary in 2020 and the Wicklow County Council Artist Award in 2021.

Tyler Kieffer

Tyler is a Brooklyn-based sound designer for new plays, opera and immersive theatre. He was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Sound Design of Pulitzer-prize nominee Will Arbery’s Plano in 2018. Recent works include Seven Deadly Sins (Tectonic Theatre Project and Madison Wells Live) Iron & Coal (Prototype Festival); Tumacho, Plano (Clubbed Thumb), Is Anyone Alive Out There (Minetta Lane Theater), Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (White Heron Theatre Company), Sound House (The Flea), Counting Sheep Revolution (3 Legged Dog); This Tree, The Reception (HERE Arts Center), Made In China (Wakka Wakka, 59E59).

Kindly supported by Wicklow County Council Arts Office and The Arts Council of Ireland