'The Factory', a new theatre space in Sligo is opened by Marcel Marceau.

The Factory a former slaughterhouse will be home to Blue Raincoat Theatre Company founded by Niall Henry a former student of Marcel Marceau. The world famous mime artist makes a plea for funding for the theatre company. He expresses the hope that mime will become a force here in Irish theatre.

The event was also attended by the newly appointed Minister for the Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Michael D Higgins, and his wife, Sabina. 

Speaking at the opening Marcel Marceau pleaded with Minister Higgins to assist The Factory project by making sure that theatre grants were made available. He also praised the hard work of the members of the theatre company who have worked tirelessly with little funds.

This is a very rich poverty.

Marcel Marceau talks to RTÉ News about the influence that mime has had on everything from modern dance to movies. 

Marcel Marceau (1978)
Marcel Marceau (1978)

A special presentation of the production 'Scrooge' followed the opening ceremony. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 January 1993. This report is introduced by Colm Connolly with Eileen Magnier reporting on the event itself.