'Everyone is my People’- Audio memoirs from seven men from the WAVE Trauma Centre

Posted on: 30th April 2014

Seven men who have been deeply impacted by the Troubles in Northern Ireland recorded their true audio memoirs at the WAVE Trauma Centre in Belfast.

These Audio memoirs, ‘Everyone is my People' will be launched at Duncairn Cultural Arts Centre on Thursday May 15.

The men share stories about what they witnessed and endured and how the echoes of those memories and injuries have haunted them for decades.

The stories were shared with Teya Sepinuck, artistic director of The Playhouse Theatre of Witness Programme, Derry~Londonderry, who facilitated a residency at the WAVE Trauma Centre. She scripted them from the men's words and each man recorded his part with Padriag Coyle and Jane Coyle, who then edited and mixed each piece.

Teya Sepinuck is the founder and director of Theatre of Witness, a model of performance that gives voice to those who have been marginalized, forgotten or are ‘invisible' in society. For the past 28 years, she has been creating and producing Theatre of Witness projects with prisoners and their families, survivors and perpetrators of abuse, refugees, immigrants, elders and those who have lived through war. She is currently artistic director of the Theatre of Witness Programme at The Playhouse in Derry /Londonderry creating original works with ex-combatants, members of the security forces, survivors, witnesses and those living with the intergenerational legacy of the Troubles.

The producers Padraig Coyle and Jane Coyle are long-established journalists, writers and broadcasters. For over 20 years Padraig worked as a senior radio producer for BBC Northern Ireland. Jane covers the arts and cultural issues for the Irish Times, The Stage, Culture Northern Ireland and BBC Radio Ulster. Their company Spring Lane has produced many documentaries and features for radio, as well as a number of history-based plays.

WAVE Trauma Centre is a cross community charity offering care and support to people bereaved, injured or traumatised as a result of 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland. The services on offer include, outreach/befriending, counselling, peer group support, therapies, welfare advice/advocacy, youth services, and trauma training opportunities.

Funded by The Henry Smith Charity Trust, ‘Everyone is my People' will be launched at Duncairn Cultural Arts Centre on Thursday May 15 from 5pm to 6.30pm. All are welcome. To RSVP please contact Emma on 028 7126 8027 or email emmastuart@derryplayhouse.co.uk, or contact Sarah at WAVE on 028 9077 9922 or email adminhq@wavetrauma.org.

For more information about The Playhouse Theatre of Witness programme contact Emma Stuart on (028)71268027 or visit www.theatreofwitness.org.

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Teya Sepinuck is the founder and director of Theatre of Witness, a model of performance that gives voice to those who have been marginalized, forgotten or are ‘invisible' in society. For the past 28 years, she has been creating and producing Theatre of Witness projects with prisoners and their families, survivors and perpetrators of abuse, refugees, immigrants, elders and those who have lived through war. She is currently artistic director of the Theatre of Witness Programme at The Playhouse in Derry /Londonderry creating original works with ex-combatants, members of the security forces, survivors, witnesses and those living with the intergenerational legacy of the Troubles Teya's book; ‘Theatre of Witness - Finding the Medicine in Stories of Suffering, Transformation and Peace" was recently published by Jessica Kingsley Press.

Padraig Coyle and Jane Coyle are long-established journalists, writers and broadcasters. For over 20 years Padraig worked as a senior radio producer for BBC Northern Ireland. Jane covers the arts and cultural issues for the Irish Times, The Stage, Culture Northern Ireland and BBC Radio Ulster. Their company Spring Lane has produced many documentaries and features for radio, as well as a number of history-based plays.

WAVE Trauma Centre is a cross community charity offering care and support to people bereaved, injured or traumatised as a result of 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland; offering outreach/befriending, counselling, peer group support, therapies, welfare advice/advocacy, youth services, and trauma training opportunities. WAVE was established in 1991 and now operates from 5 locations - Belfast, Armagh, Omagh, Ballymoney and Derry/Londonderry. Services are also provided from other satellite offices.
WAVE Trauma Centre's main sources of funding come from the Victims Unit within the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM), administered by the Community Relations Council; as well as European Funding through the PEACE III programme.

 

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