Liverpool Irish Festival has exciting plans for the year ahead. They are excited to announce their first performance of 2024, Sue Rynhart’s You, Me or the Wallpaper.

The performance takes place at Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, 8pm on Thursday 1 Feb. Tickets (£18/£15) are available from Liverpool Irish Festival and Liverpool Philharmonic websites.

Sue Rynhart’s beguiling performance piece is based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s groundbreaking 130-year-old feminist text, The Yellow Wallpaper. Written in 1890s America, The Yellow Wallpaper is a fictional exploration of the dark side of women’s healthcare. It recounts a convalescing woman’s steep mental health decline caused by a ‘rest cure’ treatment prescribed for post-natal depression.

Rynhart’s response to Perkin Gilman’s chilling psychological horror, is an evening of song, music and hope. In it she explores the meanings and atmospheres of the original story, whilst reflecting on her personal experiences of motherhood and creativity. Intriguing and witty, the performance aspect of the evening is sure to enthral. Post-interval, audiences will enjoy a Q&A and some informal, creative voice play with Sue (participation is not compulsory).

Returning to Liverpool Irish Festival as a BAN BAM Composition Award recipient and Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris) residency holder, Sue is known for her unique voice and extraordinary blend of folk and contemporary jazz. Such award-winning musicianship is truly not to be missed!

You can listen to Sue talk about her creative writing process for You, me or the Wallpaper on the IMC Creative about Music podcast here.

The performance will take place on St Brigid’s Day (Lá Fhéile Bríde), which is celebrated annually on 1 Feb. St Brigid’s Day celebrates Ireland’s only female patron saint with a dedicated national holiday. With its origins in the Celtic festival of Imbolc, St Brigid’s Day was the festival of fertility and marked the beginning of spring in Ireland.

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