‘Living the Lockout: the Dublin Tenement Experience’ brought the struggle for survival and for the right to fair working conditions alive for audiences in 2013.
The Irish Heritage Trust in partnership with The Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Dublin City Council, brought history to life by delivering an innovative commemorative event in the heart of Dublin’s former tenement areas.
The performance ‘Living the Lockout: Dublin Tenement Experience’ marked the Centenary of the 1913 Lock Out and Dublin tenement life in an engaging and exciting way in July and August 2013.
No. 14 Henrietta Street, which is in the hands of Dublin City Council, is a tenement building which retained the layout of rooms as they were over 100 years ago. This unusual setting was perfect for what was to be a sell out event and was an innovative centenary commemoration, interpreting the collaborative force of the working class community of Dublin in campaigning for labour rights.
The Irish Heritage Trust project managed the event, designing an interpretive framework while ANU productions were chosen to create and deliver interpretation through drama.
Beautifully presented materials were printed, which interpreted the eighteenth century streetscape of Henrietta Street. The Dublin Tenement Experience won huge critical acclaim with very enthusiastic visitor feedback. Audiences felt that history had been brought to life by the authenticity of the setting and the power of the dramatic interpretation.