Bringing the Táin bo Cuailnge to vivid life via its women


Niki na Meadhra, storyteller/actor extraordinaire. Photo by Caveboy Photos.

Nature of Event: Fair and Furious: Women of the Táin, devised and presented by Niki na Meadhra for all ages….

‘Some academics have declared The Táin misogynistic in its treatment of female characters, but having spent time with them, as a storyteller, I can’t agree – unless my only measure of women is to characterise the as whores or virgins. To me, these women and goddesses are sexually or sensually bold, potent, complex and vivid.’ Niki na Meadhra, Storyteller.

Through her energetic, physical, evocative telling of the tales of Medb, Macha, Derdriu, the Morrígan and others, Niki invites her audience to consider their own response the women of the Táin.

Where: The Celtic Club, Brian Boru Room (wheelchair accessible), n=316-320 Queen Street, Melbourne (between Flagstaff and Central stations, and on Circle tramline).

When: Friday 24 Feb. at 8pm and Saturday 25 Feb. at 3pm.

Cost: $30 full price; $20 for those with Commonwealth Health cards and students; $15 for school children, and concessions for groups of 6 or more.  Bring the kids.

Bookings: Trybooking or phone 03 9898 2900

About Niki na Meadhra:

If you missed Niki’s earlier show, you must not miss this. She has not long returned from a tour of Ireland, where she has continued to  gather stories, and refine her craft, to great acclaim.  She is a highly experienced and well-trained performer who also teaches drama. Her family connections tie her strongly to Ireland and she loves its mythologies, and communicates its mythology and cosmology with infectious joy.