★★★★ This is immersive theatre at its unrelenting best.The Stage
★★★★ a fitting memorial, and an unforgettable one.What's On Stage
★★★★★ Thrillingly immersive… a haunting experienceIrish Times on the 2016 production
On 28 April 1916, five days into the Easter Rising, 15 civilian men were killed in house-to-house raids by British soldiers on a single Dublin street. An intense, immersive blend of theatre, dance and visual art by David Bolger, Owen Boss and Louise Lowe, These Rooms told two stories: those of the civilians who were victims of and witnesses to the North King Street Massacre, and those of the men of the South Staffordshire Regiment who committed this act – their identities largely anonymous, their actions controversially exonerated at a military enquiry.
Created by two of Ireland’s most original companies, These Rooms received unanimous critical acclaim when it was first presented in a dilapidated Dublin building in 2016 as part of the centenary commemorations of the Easter Rising. It was wholly re-imagined for its London run from the 4 – 22 June 2018; a riveting work shedding new light on a pivotal moment in British-Irish relations. These Rooms is accompanied by Beyond These Rooms, an installation that will premiere at Tate Liverpool from 17 January – 9 February 2019.
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Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, LIFT and Shoreditch Town Hall. Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain. THESE ROOMS began as an Arts Council of Ireland Open Call National Project in ART2016.