Myles was joined by Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland, Louise Lowe, an artistic director at Anu and Una Kavanagh, an actress who has appeared in a number of Anu productions.
Anu Productions "bring the past to life" in a very literal sense. Their presentations are inspired by archive material like census records and letters. They take place in real-life historical locations, like a former tenement building, or the barracks where a unit were stationed during World War 1. Their actors play real historical characters who talk to and engage with the audience.
Dublin Tenement Experience (2013)
The Dublin Tenement Experience took place in an old tenement building on Dublin’s Henrietta Street. This was a site-specific presentation. It was based on records from the 1911 Census, which revealed that 103 people lived there around the time of the Lockout in 1913.
Lloyd Cooney as 'Charlie' in the Dublin Tenement Experience
The presentation vividly illustrated the social deprivation and struggles of families trying to survive in overcrowded conditions during the 1913 Lockout.
The Laura Murray as 'Mary' in the Dublin Tenement Experience
Laundry unlock the doors of the Gloucester Street Magdalene Laundry, where audience members witness what it was like in these institutions.
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