28 April, 2021 by Miriam Haughton | 0 comments
Nochtaithe (Unveiled) is an artistic response to the survivor testimonies archived as part of the Tuam Oral History Project (TOHP) at NUI Galway, premiering in the Bealtaine Festival on Saturday 1 May
Nochtaithe (Unveiled) is an artistic response to the survivor testimonies gathered and archived as part of the Tuam Oral History Project (TOHP) at NUI Galway, premiering in the Bealtaine Festival on Saturday 1 May at 2pm, followed by a webinar with survivors from the Tuam institution. Link: https://bealtaine.ie/bealtaine-event/tuam-oral-history-project/
The TOHP emerges from the work of local Tuam historian Catherine Corless in 2014, whose research proposed that almost 800 children had died in the Tuam institution between 1925 and its closure in 1961, and that the remains of at least some of them had been placed in a former sewage tank under the building (Corless 2012). Her findings were later confirmed via forensic examination of the site, and a Commission of Inquiry into Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes established.
Nochtaithe was devised, performed and produced by Drama and Theatre Studies led by Dr Miriam Haughton supported by a residency with ANU Productions. A live performance by celebrated Irish musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire provides a soundscape that fuses ancient and contemporary Irish culture. Nochtaithe facilitates a site of intergenerational dialogue which acknowledges the harrowing experiences of survivors and their families, while also suggesting there is potential for social and cultural transformation through listening to others, through education and by carefully confronting a collective past fractured by trauma. Nochtaithe was made with the support of the Tuam Home Alliance and we would like to acknowledge their generosity and courage in sharing their life stories with us.