Bothering the Dead
Bothering the Dead – A reckoning with the Ancestors (70/90 mins approx.)
Songs, Stories, Rants and Revelations, Visions and Transmissions – all in one very unique performance!
When Catherine receives an unusual transmission from a tomato plant, she is forced to reconsider the legacy of being part of a good and decent Irish Catholic family. She subsequently discovers a generations-deep conspiracy to banish the natural world from her seeing, and ultimately finds herself in a confrontation with her long-dead Granny – and the long line of women who came before her!
Catherine challenges these women to justify their loyalty and devotion to a religion of “warmongers, witchburners, ecociders and genociders . . . . all praying to the same God as me!”
After warning her “not to come around here bothering the dead”, her Granny and the Virgin Mary lure Catherine down through the pain of her cultural and family herstory and then into her own personal psyche where she is shown how she too has made a bargain not to see – and how this has come at a far greater cost than she ever anticipated . . . .