Forced to leave home. Silenced. Scared. Abandoned.
‘I went into the Big House an impulsive, uninhibited girl. I left a cautious, subdued, almost servile woman.’ This is the true story of Hanna Greally, who was abandoned for 18 years in St. Loman’s psychiatric institution, Mullingar.
In an extraordinary tale of empowerment, meet the woman who reclaimed her voice in her much loved book Bird’s Nest Soup. attracting nationwide attention with her appearance on RTE’s The Late Late show.
With its blend of movement, dialogue, visuals and music, this stage adaptation brings you into the remarkable world of her survival. Floating World Productions are delighted to have the sole rights for the creation of a theatrical performance born out of the real life experiences of Hanna Greally.
Testimonials for 2016 Performances
“Andrea Scott and Gill McCaw have created a moving and insightful production in this honest re-creation of Hanna Greally’s book, Bird’s Nest Soup. The costumes and set design cleverly convey the feelings of the book, which in turn are very sensitively portrayed through the delicate acting skills of Andrea Scott. A thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking production” –Melissa Newman, Assistant Director Strokestown Poetry Festival–
“Lunatic, There I Go is a brilliant production that I was delighted to host at 2016 Siarsceal Festival. Three attending schools, their teachers and other audience members were extremely impressed by Floating World’s strongly visual and moving telling of the close to-the-edge experience that was Hanna Greally’s life. Hanna’s world is beautifully and tragically presented in this strong merging of music, visuals and movement. Hanna’s bravery in writing the book in 1971 is greatly honoured by this production.” -Gwen McNamara Bond – Founder Director of Siarsceal Festival, Roscommon–
“An amazing and powerful experience. I was moved to tears throughout. It’s core message once again haunted us and reminded us of our poor understanding of mental health in the past”. –Eileen Smith, Retired Nurse–
- Creator / Performer – Andrea Scott
- Writer / Producer – Gill McCaw
- Consultant Director – Aoife Spillane Hinks
- Movement Director – Rionach Ni Neill
- Lighting Design – Caroline Norris
- Composer – Gráinne Mulvey
- Visual / Interactive Design – Furry
- Photographs by Conor Horgan
- Poster Design – Andrew Stocks
- Costume Design – Judith Williams
- Audio Visual Director – Conleth White