Letters to our Mothers and Fathers


Letters to our Mothers and Fathers 2020

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

Mandla Rae is a writer and performer who interrogates family dynamics and communication, particularly when cultural traditions are in place.
In Letters to our Mothers and Fathers 2020, Mandla aims to curate a new performance with local bilingual residents in their mother tongues. In an intensive workshop, Mandla will explore the ways we communicate with our elders, what traditions have been embraced, what has been rejected? Each performer will speak their first language, Mandla intends to use poetry performance to create a dialogue where we embrace who we are, where we can be open and speak without fear or judgement; where the many languages that make up the cityscape of Dublin are celebrated.
In 2019, Mandla Rae curated Letters to our Mothers and Fathers during Journeys Festival International, an exhibition of letters and a series of performances with members of Manchester’s asylum-seeking community.
The letters from this project will be on display during the Mother Tongue Festival.

Commissioned by ArtReach and Commonword for Journeys  Festival International in Manchester. 
Presented in partnership with Mother Tongues Festival

Mandla Rae is a Zimbabwe-born writer, poet, producer and facilitator. She graduated from the University of Westminster in Creative Writing with English Literature in 2015 and is currently based in Manchester. Formerly in renowned poetry collective “Young Identity” and Contact Theatre’s Young Programmers and Producers (Re:Con), Mandla is passionate about accessible theatre and QTIPOC representation in the arts. Mandla writes from a place of reclaiming her power and attempting to make sense of feelings and experiences whilst navigating a world of trauma, power dynamics and delicate mental health. Mandla’s poetry style is personal, succinct and poignant.

Rua Red, the Civic and Tallaght Library are located in Belgard Square, Dublin 24, only seconds from the Tallaght Luas Stop.
BY BUS: 49, 54A, 65, 27, 75, 76, 76A, 77A 
BY LUAS:  Red Line to Tallaght

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