Lysis 2019

Upstate Theatre Project, in association with Droichead Arts Centre & First Fortnight festival 2019 present


3 – 5 January 2019                                                                                               Project Arts Centre, Dublin                                                                                          

9 – 11 January 2019                                                                                      Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda                                                                              

23 – 24 January 2019                                                                                    Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge                                                                            

First presented as part of Drogheda Arts Festival 2018

Lysis definition:
(biology) the disintegration of a cell by rupture of the cell wall or membrane
(medical) the subsidence of one or more symptoms of an acute disease

Based on the writings and testimonies of people living with mental health issues, Lysis is a docudrama that traces the experiences of five individuals.

This audio-visual installation is a forthright portrait of people side-lined by society through everyday stigma, prejudice and general ignorance toward mental health. Lysis journeys through psychosis and toward recovery, challenging for the right to be recognised beyond diagnoses. A celebration of the genuine strength of human character.

Created by members of Shine, a mental health support group.

Directed by Declan Mallon
Installation Design: Kieran McNulty

Audio Design: Carl Kennedy
Video Design: Kilian Waters and Dan Keane (Arcade Films)
Production Manger: John McGovern
Audio Performed by Grainne Rafferty, Anthony Kinahan, Leah Rossiter, Niall O’Brien, Sarah Hope Guppy, Anne Nolan

Photo by Kieran McNulty