This project brought together parents and children from the newer and older communities of Muirhevnamor to engage in a process of exploring the myths and legends of their respective backgrounds. Out of the initial sessions a story about a Monster Town Council emerged and with the help of the team of artists the group created puppets that brought the story to life with characters like Mr. & Mrs. Behave, Tootieoli, Hypnoshock and Chubble. These were made into life size shadow puppets for which participants learned to do the movements and voices.
MuPaPu ran for eight weeks with a group of forty people in the Muirhevnamor Sports Complex. Parents and guardians were delighted to explore their own creativity through helping the younger participants and the project provided a good space and fun atmosphere in which to work alongside them. On May 21st participants performed the ‘MuirhevnaMonster’ puppet show to a full house in the Muirhevnamor Community Centre. A screening of the filmed performance was shown at the Louth County Museum AV Theatre on the 26th May and on May 28th the group travelled to Newtownards to visit the Ards Puppet Festival.
We are very grateful to the European Union’s Peace III Programme for the funding for this project and to the IFI: without their support of our Community & Good Relations work this would not have been possible.
- Susan Farrelly (Artist)
- Mark Whelehan (Artist)
- Dearbhla McNally (Artist)
- Vivienne Byrne (Artist)
- Declan Gorman (Guest Storyteller)
- Ed Reynolds (Music)
- James Coogan (Filming & Editing)
- John McGovern (Technical Assistance)