Thirteen Steps to the Attic

Thirteen Steps to the Attic is a multi-layered montage of movement and text created and performed by Dublin-based physical performer Michelle Cahill, directed by Rowan Tolley (Rowan Tolley Company) set to a live sound-score and recorded tracks from the eclectic band Thieves of Silence.

In an attic, in a house, with only letters for company, a woman is led by a man to take a precarious step into the vibrancy of her imagination. Connected by words on a page Thirteen Steps to the Attic examines the known, the unknown, and the invisible desire that was unquestionably real.

A solo performance, interspersed with moments of tenderness and humour Thirteen Steps to the Attic uncovers the story of a woman led by a man to take a precarious step into the vibrancy of her imagination. Based on a true story.

Performed by Michelle Cahill
Directed by Rowan Tolley
Music composed and played by Thieves of Silence
Image credit: Paul Uriarte

Next Performance

Thirteen Steps to the Attic is at Smock Alley Theatre, Main Space February 8-9 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

TSTTA originally funded by the Arts Council of Ireland
Supported by Shawbrook, Dance Ireland, Tipperary Dance Platform, Fringe LAB and produced in association with Firkin Crane and a GoFundMe Fundraising Campaign.

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