A new radio play written by Berni Dwan, broadcasting on Friday April 5th at 7pm.

Awakenings is a five-act play about tolerance, making the effort to understand other points of views when recognised in context, and strengthening rather than weakening ties when differences have been acknowledged. In Awakenings, the conflicting views around religion, popular culture, and traditional culture are played out in a care home between three generations. While there are obvious tensions, the characters do listen to each other, and this is what propels the narrative. Awakenings demonstrates the value of openness and inclusiveness, and of appreciating that everyone you meet has a back story that has shaped their personality and beliefs.

Cast and crew. Left to right:

Bairbre Ní Chaoimh (Director), Ruairí Heading (Ethan), Shauna Higgins (Sharon), Domhnall O’Donoghue (Wayne), Deirdre Monaghan (Eileen), Helen Roche (Mary), Noni Stapleton (Brigid)

Bringing together a team of highly regarded and established actors with national and international reputations, and widely experienced and award-winning director, Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, Awakenings is a play that promotes emotional intelligence, encourages stepping outside your comfort zone, and demonstrates the benefits of people advocating for each other. Audio production and Special Sound Effects by Declan McGlade. Special Sound Effects Assistant, Oisín Clarke White.

Members of the North Dublin Singers, who perform the choral singing throughout Awakenings.  Far left – Choir Director, Rebecca Rodgers.

Made with the support of the Coimisiún na Meán’s Sound and Vision scheme through the Television License Fee.