THEATREclub were commissioned by the public Art group of former St Michael’s Estate Inchicore (Dublin City Council Arts office, Common Ground and St Michael’s Regeneration Board). As part of the commission THEATREclub were resident in studio 468 where they considered, challenged and developed the work throughout the commissioning process.https://www.facebook.com/THEATREclubbing
THEATREclub was a young Dublin based theatre collective founded in November 2008 comprised of Shane Byrne, Doireann Coady and Grace Dyas.
The lengthy commissioning process of HISTORY culminated in its presentation and production in December, 2013 at Project Arts Centre. HISTORY was the third and final instalment in THEATREclub’s trilogy of work about the social history of Ireland that began with HEROIN (2010) and THE FAMILY (2012).
HISTORY is a story about a place. A fourteen acre site in Inchicore called St. Michael’s Estate, and a history that spans the housing of imprisoned 1916 revolutionaries to the building of Ireland’s first social housing in the 1960s. The housing estate and the people who lived there have battled drugs, recession and social exclusion. Yet St. Michael’s has become a hub of activism that is world-renowned for its community development and creative protest. Promised regeneration 4 times in 15 years, the former residents of the old St. Michael’s Estate are still waiting for the homes they’ve been promised.