Gúna Nua presented a live-streamed reading from Geoff Power’s potent new play, Stronger as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2020

This reading was twinned with a live webinar on restorative justice, supported by the Probation Service of Ireland.

Based on true events, Stronger tells the gripping story of Jan, a teacher raped by her student.  As she journeys through the legal system her life is in danger of falling apart, but through restorative justice, Jan finds the strength to meet with her attacker and a process of healing begins.

Following on from the reading, audiences joined a distinguished panel of experts for a webinar discussion on restorative justice.   Tim Chapman, (Chair of the Board of the European Forum for Restorative Justice) chaired the panel which also included Senator Ivana Bacik, Dr. Marie Keenan (Associate Professor School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, U.C.D.), Deirdre Kenny (Director of Advocacy, One in Four), Geoff Power (Playwright) and Ben Ryan (Assistant Secretary General/Criminal Justice Policy, Department of Justice and Equality)

 

This took place on 7th October 2020, live-streamed from Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.

 

Cast:

Karen Ardiff

Marcus Lamb

Mary Murray

 

Directed by Paul Meade
Written by Geoff Power

Dramaturgy by Hannah Slattne
Produced by Gill McCaw
Production Manager Éanna Whelan

Webinar

Chair:

Tim Chapman, (Chair of the Board of the European Forum for Restorative Justice)

Panel:

Senator Ivana Bacik

Dr. Marie Keenan – Associate Professor School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, U.C.D. Deirdre Kenny – Director of Advocacy, One in Four

Geoff Power – Playwright

Ben Ryan – Assistant Secretary General/Criminal Justice Policy, Department of Justice and Equality

For the Probation Service: Darren Broomfield, Restorative Justice and Victim Services

 

Funded by the Arts Council, The Probation Service and Dublin City Council.

 

Playwright Geoff Power. Photo by Paul Gaster

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