‘Under Surveillance’ is a 30-minute film, performed by 8 residents from the Wicklow Grand Hotel, Direct Provision Centre and actors Kevin Olohan and Steve Hartland. This is the second project workshopped with the residents and writer Tina Noonan, following on from a stage production of ‘The Linen Room’, which was performed as part of The Abbey Theatre’s 5 x 5 in 2020.
‘Under Surveillance’ consists of 10 short scenes covering a 24 hour period, centred around the entrance to the hotel and set during the first Covid lockdown. We see the transient flow of residents, camaraderie, homesickness, boredom and the mental anguish of awaiting a fate of asylum or deportation with strangers who become family.
A short panel discussion will follow with the performers and the writer, along with Bray-based visual artist Brigid O’Brien, whose exhibition HOME is currently showing in the Gallery at Mermaid. The panellists will discuss their approaches to their work, and the contexts and challenges of making it.
*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.*