Final storytelling event with Nuala Hayes.
Nuala Hayes is a well-known actor, an independent radio producer and a storyteller. She was born in Dublin and trained as an actor at the Abbey Theatre.
Her links with Derry go back to the 1970s when she made a T.V. programme for R.T.É. with the late Nuala O’Faoláin on the Derry Youth and Community Workshop. Later she worked with Field Day Theatre Company as an actor in three of its productions in the 1980s. She played the part of Máire in the first production of ‘Translations’ by Brian Friel at the Guildhall and also appeared in ‘Three Sisters’, ‘The Riot Act’ and ‘High Time’. She toured to Derry with the Abbey Theatre in the first production of Frank McGuinness’ play ‘The Factory Girls’, also at the Guildhall
Her interest in the revival of the art of oral storytelling began around 1990 when she founded ‘Two Chairs Company’ with musician Ellen Cranitch to explore stories and music in performance. She has collaborated with many musicians, artists and storytellers and worked on many story gathering projects, including the unique recording project ‘Everlasting Voices’ project with Rita Duffy for the Verbal Arts Centre in 2000. This involved gathering and recording stories from storytellers throughout Ireland, in Irish, English and Ulster Scots.
Nuala has also collected stories from the Midlands in Laois and Offaly and from Olean Chléire resulting in the publication of books and CDs. She was the Director of Scéalta Shamhna, the Dublin Storytelling Festival for 10 years and the co-ordinator of ‘The Farmleigh Festival of Story and Song’.
‘The well suited man bought his shirt from the tailor, whilst the common man wore shirts made by his wife.’ (The Golden Age of the Shirt). Shirts and shirt-making have featured in stories and folklore since we cast off our animal skins and emerged from the cave. The spinning, the weaving and the sewing was the job of women and the shirt was first created for the comfort of the bed. When shirt making became industrialised it was the women again who worked in the factories – to put shirts on the backs of the men and food on the table. In fact it’s hard to separate a shirt from a story. From the ‘Happy Man’s Shirt’, to the story of how a simple shirt brought down a government, Nuala will iron her way through the creases which will hopefully draw out more tales from a city that’s full of them.
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