In an attic, in a house, with only letters for company, a woman takes a precarious step into the vibrancy of her imagination. Exploring intimacy between Him and Her, connected by words on a page and interspersed with moments of tenderness and humour, Thirteen Steps to the Attic examines the known, the unknown, and the invisible desire that was unquestionably real.
Dublin based performer Michelle Cahill’s first solo show Thirteen Steps to the Attic, is a multi-layered montage of movement, text and performed with a live sound score and recorded tracks from the eclectic band, Thieves of Silence.
Based on a true story.
Performed by Michelle Cahill
Directed by Rowan Tolley
Set Design by David Carney
Music composed and played by Thieves of Silence
Relighter: Blue Hanley
Image credits: Rowan Tolley & Paul Uriarte
Supported by Dance Ireland & Axis: Ballymun
2018 – 2019
Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, Feb 2019
Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway Theatre Festival, May 2018
Firkin Crane, Cork, March 2018 (Premiere)
“the show is a dynamic meditation on the body as the conduit of memory and how we feel our past, rather than just remember it.”
Review by Martin Kenny An Ait Eile
Loved it. Heartfelt, beautifully performed with a twinkle of divilment in your eye. For all who haven’t yet snapped up a ticket, go!
Audience Feedback, Dublin 2019
TSTTA (2020) Spring Tour supported by Dance Ireland & Axis: Ballymun
TSTTA (2019) Spring Production supported by Dance Ireland
TSTTA (2018) funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and supported by Shawbrook, Dance Ireland, Tipperary Dance Platform, Fringe LAB and produced in association with Firkin Crane and a GoFundMe Fundraising Campaign.
TSTTA (2017) Research & Development supported by Shawbrook
GoFundMe Sponsors: Dennis Jennings, Troy Hourie, Jack Gilligan, Aine Flood, Selma Daniel, Jenny Macdonald, Henrick Gard, Susanna Dowling, Nina Pongratz, Paula Mongey, Joe Daly, Valerie Lyons, Ann McCullagh, Cathy Coughlan, Mary Jennings, Michael McCullagh, Andrew McCullagh, Emeline Harpin, Fiona Delaney , Louise Hynes, Cathleen Harris, Geoffrey Green, Ailish Claffey, Patricia Glynn, T Bird, Damian Mac Con Uladh, Susan Coughlan, Aoife Courtney Swan, Emma Martin, Megan Kennedy, Jos Whiskers, Staff at Marino College FE, Anonymous donors x 2