Programme 1: It's a Small World
Wednesday, 4th July 2007
It's a Small World brings us into the miniature world of dolls houses, where grown men and women are consumed by fantasy and intrigue. They are creating worlds that can sit in the palm of their hands; from bacon to baked beans, from newspapers to mobile phones; anything and everything is possible. This world is far from just child's play.
"The only restriction is your own imagination, which is great, because sometimes your imagination
goes into overdrive."
Angela Kelly, Co Wicklow
Angela Kenny lives with her four children, three dogs and a husband. She purposely built her own workshop in the back garden where she stores most of her dolls houses and spends a great deal of her time. Angela sees her workshop as a sanctuary where she can escape from the stresses in life and indulge her fantasies of Parisian models being swept from their chateaux by swashbuckling royalty.
"It is utter escapism. You are lost in another world, literally, a little world."
Joan Mythern, Co. Dublin
Joan Mythern has just completed her three-story house. Each room beautifully decorated with great time and care. She has let her imagination run wild. But this is no ordinary house; Joan's house is only one metre high. Joan has been fascinated with the world of miniature since childhood and has collected dolls houses throughout her life.
"If I am reading I am right in the story and its the same with a house, you can be part of it, you can be a little person."
Pat Cullen, Co Wicklow
Pat Cullen has been fascinated with dolls houses since she was a little girl. A widow with grown up children, Pat lives alone and spends a great deal of her time decorating her dolls houses paying intricate attention to detail. She owns an eclectic array of dolls houses with her most favourite being the replica of her childhood home in pre-War London.
"If only I could shrink down to their level, just for a day, just to have a look around the house, get to meet the people that live in the house..."
Robert Thompson, Dublin City
Thomas Murray and Robert Thompson are enthusiasts of a different variety. The hobby being generally dominated by women, Thomas and Robert bring a refreshing insight into the world of miniature. They are in the process of building an old Victorian estate consisting of over 100 rooms including stables, servants' chambers and a central courtyard, all in their very own sitting room. Since childhood Thomas has been interested in palaces, royalty, history, art and making things, and his dolls house allows him to escape into this world. They believe their house has the 'wow' factor.
It's A Small World allows us to delve into the lives of the people who immerse themselves into the delightful and fantastical world of miniature, and explore their passion for their dolls houses.
Additional website information
Una's Miniature Wonderworld
47 Bloomfield, Newtown, Annacotty, Limerick Limerick