Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy theatre, for the very first time, opened its stage doors for the local communities to tread the boards and sing about their life in the capital’s docklands. Dublin City Council announced “Sing a Song of Docklands,” a concert which took place on May 21st 2023 . The event, created in partnership with Sing Ireland and Creative Ireland, showcased four new songs developed alongside the local communities of the Docklands.
The four commissioned songs are “The RICCYS of Raytown” by Max Greenwood & Jerry Fish, working with the young people of the RICC centre based in Irishtown and Ringsend; “The Are Water People” by Alain Servant, working with the boat people of Grand Canal dock and the local communities of Grand Canal and Pearse Street “The River Carries Us Home” by Carmel Whelan and Justine Nantale, working with Central Model School on the north side of the docks and City Quay National School on the south side of the docks dedicated to North Wall Sheriff Street; and “The Dockside Man” by Macdara Yeates, working with the Dockers Preservation Society and the local community of East Wall and Sheriff Street.
Curious Dog Films filmed four short documentary films capturing the making of each of the four songs. Filmed and directed by Adrian McCarthy, with sound recorded by Gregory Dunn and Colm O’Meara and edited by Brenda Morrissey. The films were shown as the centre pieces introducing each of the performances at the sold out theatre event.
Here are the four short 5 minute films:
WE ARE WATER PEOPLE: https://vimeo.com/823534971
THE RICCYS of RAYTOWN : https://vimeo.com/820582857
THE DOCKSIDE MAN : https://vimeo.com/820622294
THE RIVER CARRIES US HOME:https://vimeo.com/820624660
Funded by Dublin City Council Arts / Sing Ireland / Creative Ireland.