in good hands

In Good Hands toured internationally and in the UK over 2017

Created and performed by Catherine Ireton & Grace Kiely

In Good Hands is a site-specific performance of music and storytelling that celebrates the rituals of hairdressing – of secrets, of trust and of our human need to share and connect.

A small audience of up to 30 people are invited to their ‘appointment’ at a rural Irish salon where hairdresser Julie offers them a cup of tea, a magazine while they wait, and listen to the local Ballybracken news from the radio. Amongst them is Lisa who has come in the hope that she can be squeezed in. Over the next 60 minutes – the time it takes for a wash, cut and blow-dry – the small dramas of the lives of Lisa and others of Ballybracken unfold around us. The hairdresser and client duo perform seven original songs of sublime vocal harmony and share stories collected from real-life hairdressing experiences.

“Best of the festival by a clear and well trimmed heard” ★★★★★ WhazOn Cork, June 2016

Sound design by Ed Briggs
Dramaturgy by Sara Clifford
Co-directed with Gavin Stride
Produced by Farnham Maltings
Image credit Emma Gutteridge

A co-production between Farnham Maltings and Cork Midsummer Festival