Open to people aged 50+



In May 2016 people aged 50+ joined a creative dance and theatre project EMILY to delve into the world of lauded American writer Emily Dickinson.  EMILY offered participants opportunity to explore her powerful work through choreography and theatre practice, and will culminate in 2 performances of EMILY in a specially selected space in the heart of Dublin.

August – September 2017

In an exciting development we invite you to take part in a NEW! creative journey – to explore the poetry of Emily Dickinson and find out more about her deeply, powerful writing. Together you will work with choreographer Philippa Donnellan and theatre writer/director Noelle Brown and respond to Dickinson’s imaginative prose and poetry. Playful and inventive, the journey will involve creating choreography, developing theatre, discussing and reciting her poetry – and in an exciting step will culminate in 2 performances of EMILY in a specially selected space in the heart of Dublin.

Project Dates

EMILY begins on Tuesday 23 August and runs until Friday September 16 September.


Friday 16 September 2017 | venue TBC
Times | Morn/Afternoon
Participant Fee |  (TBC)     

Full details about the dates/days and times of creative practice sessions and performance venue will be posted soon.


Noelle has been an actor since 1987 and has worked extensively in theatre, film, televsion and radio. She began directing and writing for theatre in 2002. Her play POSTSCRIPT, co-written with Michèle Forbes, and in which Noelle performs, was part of the Dublin Fringe Festival 2013 and was nominated for the Fishamble New Writing Award and the Bewleys Little Gem Award. POSTSCRIPT, toured  Ireland for six weeks in 2014 and in 2015 played at the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris. Noelle is currently writing a screen play.

Foxy, her second play, premiered at Project Arts Centre in October 2015 and will be touring Ireland in 2017. Noelle is currently developing a dance theatre piece that focuses on the discrepancies between the mental and physcial effects of ageing entitled Creaking. She has worked as a storyliner for Irish TV soap Fair City and is a participant in Six in the Attic, a resource sharing initiative at the Irish Theatre Institute since 2014.