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Let Down

  • Brian Friel Theatre 20 University Square Belfast, BT7 1NN Northern Ireland (map)

Children have a right to optimal health and nutrition from birth, but the lack of support for families who choose to breastfeed is letting them down. 

Let Down interweaves movement, verbatim text, and an original soundscape to give voice to women's experiences of keeping tiny humans alive. Northern Ireland has the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, and breastfeeding successes and failures can be difficult to talk about. Building on interview material and online forum sharings of both breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding women, this interdisciplinary dance work aims to approach an emotive topic in ways that speak to, and communicate, the often untold stories of women's maternal experiences.

The performance is short, so that children don’t have to sit still for too long, and contributions to the soundscape by babies and children are very welcome. Followed by a Q&A with Dr Jennifer Hanratty, founder of Breastival, a festival to support and normalise breastfeeding in Northern Ireland. Choreography, research and performance: Dr Aoife McGrath (QUB); Performance and co-choreography: Paula O'Reilly; Soundscape composition: Sorca McGrath (Ships Music); Dramaturgy: Dr Emily Dedakis (Accidental Theatre); Interview transcripts: Dr Maria Herron (UU).

In association with Breastival.

Dance performance followed by Q&A. Child friendly, babies welcome. 


Later Event: December 9