Creative Performance Project

Open to people aged 50+


This is my letter to the world,
That never wrote to me,– 
The simple news that Nature told, 
With tender majesty. 
Her message is committed 
To hands I cannot see; 
For love of her, sweet countrymen,
Judge tenderly of me! …..
Emily Dickinson.

Following on from the first part of a project exploring the work of Emily Dickinson in May 2016, we were delighted to delve deeper into the world of this lauded American writer and discover more about her inspiring, powerful writing with this second project in 2017.

Seventeen people signed up to the project with choreographer Philippa Donnellan and respected theatre writer/director Noelle Brown. In summoning the spirit of Emily Dickinson, this challenging and inventive journey included discussing and reciting her poetry, exploring imagery and creating choreography – and devising a special dance theatre piece. The project culminated in four performances by the participants of EMILY at CoisCéim studio as part of Culture Night 2017. In keeping with Emily Dickinson who always wore white, the performers were dressed in elegant white outfits and the performance space was decorated with simple lights and household props. The performance was an effective and striking end to a project that paid homage to Dickinson’s unique prose and poetry.

What the audience said…

 “What a wonderful performance tonight of Emily! So good! Well done! “ – Mary O’ Connell 

I really liked the way the space was used choreographically – it really made me see the studio in a new light.” – Olwyn Lyons 

It was so beautiful, it had a kind of ethereal quality.

“I haven’t read Emily Dickinson since I was a school – I’ll have to go and read her again now!”

“They looked very professional, and yes I know they’re not but they all looked very confident.”

“It was the best thing I’ve seen on Culture Night – well done!”


Culture Night | Friday 22 September 2017  | 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm | CoisCéim Dance Theatre, 14 Sackville Place, Dublin 1
FREE Admission | SOLD OUT 



All sessions and performances took place at CoisCéim studio, 14 Sackville Place, Dublin 1.

Mondays  |  2pm – 5.30pm  |  28 August, 4, 11, 18 September
Tuesdays  |  2pm –  5.30pm  |  12, 19 September
Thursdays  |  10am – 1.30pm  |  31 August, 7, 14, 21 September
CULTURE NIGHT 22 September | Please keep the performance day and evening free – thank you!
FEES | Participant Fee €50 (non-refundable, non-transferable)   



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. POSTSCRIPT will play at the Abbey Theatre (Peacock) in June 2017.

Foxy, her second play, premiered at Project Arts Centre in October 2015. 

Noelle has recently written and co-created a movement documentary for theatre with Oonagh Murphy that focuses on the discrepancies between the mental and physical effects of ageing, entitled Creaking. It was presented as a staged reading at the Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge in January 2017 and formed part of the Bealtaine Festival in May 2017 travelling to seven venues around Ireland. Noelle was part of the 24 Hour plays at the Abbey Theatre in January and is under commission from Barnstorm Theatre Company to write a play for young people that focuses on inter country adoption.


Glenna Batson
Nodlaig Coghlan
Kate Connaughton
Brenda Doyle
Marie Doyle
Rita Garland
Deirdre Handy
Brigid McClean

Beatrice McGarry 
Norah Meany
Eileen Murphy 
Bernadette O’Sullivan
Deirdre O’Sullivan
Carmel Rooney
Danielle Vierling
Maria Whelan 
Pamela Whitaker