Natural History of Hope

Natural History of Hope is a live performance presented by artist Fiona Whelan and Rialto Youth Project in collaboration with Broken Talkers. It runs from 12th – 14th May and tickets are available at Project Arts Centre.

It is an unflinching exploration of gender and class inequality and the complexity of women’s lives told through real life stories of oppression, resilience, solidarity and ultimately hope. It is based on hundreds of testimonies of women in the Rialto area of Dublin’s inner city and will be performed by an intergenerational cast of local women.

The genesis of Natural History of Hope lies in an intergenerational art project (2012 – 2016) when artist Fiona Whelan and Rialto Youth Project explored contemporary equality issues for women of all ages in a working class urban areas of Dublin.

Throughout this project a re-occurring theme of the oppression of local women emerged. The women’s stories examine the factors that influence their lives and ask what is needed to generate a sense of hope and optimism for the future lives of the girls and young women of the inner city. In 2015, following a number of local events, Fiona and RYP invited Brokentalkers to work with them to co-develop this major public performance.