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Street Arts Festival show deals with GAA & mental health

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One of Ireland’s most exciting upcoming writers, Timmy Creed presents Spliced as part of the Ennis Street Arts Festival.

Hard-hitting, honest and brave; this new multi-disciplinary collaboration written and performed by Timmy Creed, with David Mathúna, (visual artist), Chris Somers, (composer), and directed by Gina Moxley, shines a light on the fragility of the sportsman behind the mask, and begins a conversation about identity and mental health in the GAA.

Timmy is contemplating his 21 years playing GAA, and what that means for him. Spliced is a raw, visceral account of his struggle to become an individual outside the institution that raised him. He is celebrating and questioning it. Can we talk about mental health, self-expression and masculinity in a GAA context? Spliced provokes these conversations out in the air in the very grounds Timmy trained in.

“Spliced deals with my own personal journey through the GAA over the course of 21 years in Cork,” explains writer and performer Timmy Creed. “My encounters with major levels of anxiety, trying to play the part of the ‘GAA man’, and coming to terms with how to deal with all of that drove me to make Spliced. This show is raw, doesn’t hold back, and speaks to young GAA men who might be struggling with their own mental health or trying to really be who they are.”

Creed added, “I am a GAA man. As team players, our individuality is silent. We conform to the ideas, beliefs and motivations of the team. We suppress our emotions to strengthen our exterior. We must challenge the idea of ourselves”.

Spliced, presented by Chalk It Down Productions, with glór and Ennis Street Arts Festival takes place outdoors in the CBS Ennis Squash Club, as part of the Ennis Street Arts Festival 2018. The show runs from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 8th, 2018. Tickets are €15 with a concession of €12 and are available from

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