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Richard Kearney interviewed for the Boston Globe

“Family history in Ireland inspires ‘Twinsome Minds’” in the Boston Globe, February 26, 2016

Richard Kearney was speaks about Twinsome Minds:

While growing up in his native Ireland, Richard Kearney recalls his grandparents describing numerous instances of loved ones, friends, and neighbors caught on opposing sides of Irish-British relations in 1916. In that year, an estimated 485 Irish died in the Easter Rising insurrection to end British rule, while 3,500 Irish soldiers in the British Army were killed at the Battle of the Somme in France during World War I.

Kearney, a resident of Newton and the Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy at Boston College, believes that the centenary is a cause for commemoration but also reflection toward the future. Both aspects are expressed in the multimedia presentation, ‘Twinsome Minds: Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories’…

Read more at bostonglobe.com

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Twinsome Minds reviewed for ‘Culture Northern Ireland’

Twinsome Minds was reviewed by John Peto for ‘Culture Northern Ireland’. Check out the excerpt below or read the full review at culturenorthernireland.org.

The format of the show really works – the audience stays with Kearney through this tour of his thoughts and even at its most febrile moments the holistic experience of Gallagher’s supporting images help us to understand and connect with knowledge that is being shared.

Kearney’s overriding message seems to be one that ‘Twinsomeness’ in Ireland is not new, but recognition of it as a normal part of the Irish condition is essential. Our artists have long appreciated it but 2016 may give an opportunity for this to penetrate deeper into our understanding of life today on a divided island – a place where psychological ‘Twinsomeness’ merely mirrors the physical.

In terms of both content and presentation it is a vital contribution to the wider understanding of 1916, and its meaning for us here in 2016. Go see it if you get the chance. — John Peto

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…Entre histoire et mythe, anecdote et légende, chaque scène met en jeu parents, amis et amants qui se sont retrouvés impliqués dans l’insurrection violente des Pâques sanglantes sur la terre d’Erin ou dans le conflit mondial sur des plaines étrangères, face au dilemme de mourir pour la cause de l’Irlande ou pour celle des Anglais… — Thierry Voisin

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Twinsome Minds in the Irish Times

Twinsome Minds was noted in a review of the Abbey Theatre’s “Theatre of Change Symposium” by Peter Crawly and Sara Keating of the Irish Times.

The visual underscoring is a stark reminder of the palimpsest of past and present, and a warning that the commemoration of 1916 should be not just about what happened but also about what did not happen, and what might have happened had the Free State’s history not unfolded the way it did. — Peter Crawly, Sara Keating

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(Photograph: Monika Chmielarz via the Irish Times)

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Twinsome Minds at Boston University, photo by Leon Golub via the Boston Music Intelligencer
Twinsome Minds Reviewed by Anne Davenport
Richard and Sheila
Richard Kearney interviewed for the Boston Globe
Twinsome Minds reviewed for ‘Culture Northern Ireland’
Sortir Paris
Twinsome Minds in the Irish Times