A Narrative for Limerick are back with another open-mic storytelling night this time with Norma Lowney, Art and Drama teacher at Limerick Educate Together Secondary School.
A Narrative for Limerick hosting ‘It’s About Time’ Open-Mic Storytelling Night with Norma Lowney
A Narrative for Limerick is a free open-mic storytelling event that invites you to share and experience the true, honest and heartfelt stories that make Limerick special. Narrative 4 is an international non-profit organization that uses the power of stories to break down barriers in society and empathy.
The open mic night was started in a bid to bring people together and get people to open up about their experience of loss. By connecting people through the Narrative 4 Open Mic Night, Narrative 4 hoped to lessen feelings of isolation and loneliness in the community through storytelling, sharing, and creating a sense of community. Narrative 4 builds a community of empathic global citizens who improve the world through the exchange of personal narratives. Narrative 4 believe language and literature are essential tools for creating a better society.
This month Norma Lowney will host a Narrative 4 Limerick. Norma is the Art and Drama teacher at Limerick Educate Together Secondary School, theatre-maker and set designer and a founding member of award-winning comedy improvisation troupe Choke Comedy. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Theatre and Education (MIC), which focuses on inter-generational story-telling. Norma told ilovelimerick, “I am very much looking forward to hosting A Narrative 4 Limerick on Thursday, May 28. I will be sharing stories from throughout my life, from my earliest memories to my more abiding ones. Both the theme and the mic are open! So, I hope that people will come along, listen, enjoy and tell a story or two should the mood strike them.”
‘It’s About Time’ is the theme this month. As Norma approaches a rather significant birthday, she invites you to reassess and reminisce with her, recounting stories spanning the decades. The title came from the title of an upcoming art exhibition planned by Norma and Michelle Jennings in celebration of their 40th birthdays.
Michelle is currently studying for an MA in Art Therapy at Crawford College of Arts & Humanities (CIT), Cork. Michelle is well known for her facilitation work with Angela Connelly for the Limerick Corridor Art Project (CoC, 2014). In her work, Michelle re-examines ‘seeing’. Norma is perhaps better known for her theatre work and set design, but in this exhibition, she is returning to her roots as a printmaker and painter.
Norma and Michelle, who both attended LSAD, last worked together for ‘On The Wire’ (Wildebeest, CoC 2014, nominated for Best Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards, 2015). The art exhibition will open at Narrative 4 on 58 O’Connell Street on Saturday, June 1, the day they both turn 40, at 7 pm. The artists are really looking forward to the opening of this special show, celebrating their lives as individuals and their deep and lasting bond of friendship.
On Tuesday, May 28, bring a story to share, or just sit back, have a cup of tea, and enjoy an evening of stories. The event will begin at 7 pm at Narrative 4 Ireland, 58 O’Connell Street, Limerick.
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