Fair and Furious: The Women of the Táin

A new one-woman show

devised and performed by Niki na Meadhra, for all ages…..

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Niki na Meadhra’s one-woman show features the women of the Táin bó Cuailgne, ancient Ireland’s premier epic. It’s a wonder of Old Europe, and is utterly different from the heroic sagas of Greece, Rome and Scandinavia. The women of the Táin are at the heart of the difference between it and other European traditions, and Niki na Meadhra, actor, director, drama teacher and story-teller extraordinaire,will guide you through the world of these furious and feisty women -Mebh or Maeve, Deirdre, Macha and others, who initiate the action and keep it pumped. Suitable for adults, but also children over about 7, and promising a great afternoon or evening of theatre.

“Some academics have declared The Táin misogynistic in its treatment of female characters, but having spent time with them, as a storyteller, I can’t agree – unless my only measure of women is to characterise them as whores or virgins. To me, these women and goddesses are sexually or sensually bold, potent, complex and vivid.” Niki na Meadhra, Storyteller.

Through her energetic, physical, evocative telling of the tales of Medb, Macha, Derdriu, the Morrígan and others, Niki invites her audience to consider their own response the women of the Táin.

Where: The Celtic Club, Brian Boru Room (wheelchair accessible), n=316-320 Queen Street, Melbourne (between Flagstaff and Central stations, and on Circle tramline).

When: Two shows only:Friday 24 Feb. at 8pm and Saturday 25 Feb. at 3pm.

Cost and Bookings: $30 full price; $20 for those with Commonwealth Health cards and students; $15 for school children.  Bring the kids.

To book: Trybooking or phone 03 9898 2900

About Niki na Meadhra:

Niki na Meadhra is a professional storyteller, theatre artist and Creative Director of Hearth Tales. Her storytelling practice emerged at Abbotsford Convent, where she hosted Enchanted Evening, a night of traditional tales, collaborating with professional storytellers and musicians. Niki has 30 years’ experience in storytelling, acting, directing and Arts education. She performs at festivals and in corporate, educational and community settings. Passionate about her Irish ancestry, abundant in potent legends and folklore, she powerfully engages audiences of all ages in stories with wisdom and joy. If you missed Niki’s other show, you must not miss this. She has not long returned from a tour of Ireland, where she has continued to  gather stories, and refine her craft, to great acclaim.