The Whispering Chair

by Tara Maria Lovett

The Whispering Chair tells the story of a modern marriage twisted and torn by the dark family history of the War of Independence: what was done, by whom, and not spoken about. The Whispering Chair is deeply engaged with our history, The War of Independence and its legacy. It focusses on intergenerational trauma, the role of women in Ireland and marriage.

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The Whispering Chair

Livin’ Dred Theatre Company are thrilled to present the World Premiere of their newest production, The Whispering Chair by Cavan-based playwright Tara Lovett, in association with Cavan County Museum and The Mill Theatre Dundrum, in Cavan County Museum this October.

The Whispering Chair tells the story of a modern marriage twisted and torn by the dark family history of the War of Independence: what was done, by whom, and not spoken about. 

Maud lives with her grandmother Aggie’s values, views, hidden resentments, and it is destroying her marriage. Through the renovation of a throw-away chair, Maud’s husband Con comes to fully understand his wife is unknowingly living through the dark shadow of her grandmother, and what Aggie felt forced to do during The War. The old woman from the past has shaped the modern woman and poisoned her. Can either survive?

The Whispering Chair is deeply engaged with our history, The War of Independence and its legacy. It focusses on intergenerational trauma, the role of women in Ireland and marriage. 

Lovett’s text is rural, poetic, funny and new. It is performed by two actors, Catriona Williams and Naoise Dunbar, in an intimate, specially created setting with a minimalist, cutting-edge design. 

Directed by award-winning actor Bryan Burroughs, this sleek, fast-paced production promises to be darkly comic, gripping and will highly appeal to students and general audiences alike.

Funded by: The Arts Council, Creative Ireland & Cavan County Council.

  • Running Time: TBC

  • Age Guidance: Suitable for children

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Upcoming Programme

Livin’ Dred has re-forged its partnership with the venues it has worked closely with in the past fifteen years, particularly with the Nomad and Nasc Touring Networks, and has committed of touring yearly. We have also set ourselves the task of bringing our work to Dublin more regularly by establishing close relationships with The Abbey Theatre, Axis Ballymun and Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire.

The company plans, over the next three years, to undertake a Programme of Forgotten Gems and New Writing. In continuing its commitment to bring old and new work, that speaks to and about our audience and our region, Livin’ Dred has envisioned a programme of work that focusses on two main strands:

Forgotten Gems

Great established plays from the Classical Irish Canon, that have been forgotten or over-looked in the past decade.

New Writing

An initiative that aims to bring young, new dynamic voices to the company.

“I think theatre in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves live performance.”

AARON MONAGHAN | LIVIN' DRED
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Performance Dates

The Whispering Chair 

Livin’ Dred present the World Premiere of The Whispering Chair by Tara Maria Lovett to Cavan County Museum for six performances in October.

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ONLY

The Whispering Chair 

Livin’ Dred present the World Premiere of The Whispering Chair by Tara Maria Lovett to Cavan County Museum for six performances in October.

INVITE ONLY

The Whispering Chair 

Livin’ Dred present the World Premiere of The Whispering Chair by Tara Maria Lovett to Cavan County Museum for six performances in October.

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ONLY

The Whispering Chair 

Livin’ Dred present the World Premiere of The Whispering Chair by Tara Maria Lovett to Cavan County Museum for six performances in October.

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ONLY

The Whispering Chair 

Livin’ Dred present the World Premiere of The Whispering Chair by Tara Maria Lovett to Cavan County Museum for six performances in October.

BOOKING NOW

The Whispering Chair 

Livin’ Dred present the World Premiere of The Whispering Chair by Tara Maria Lovett to Cavan County Museum for six performances in October.

BOOKING NOW