IMMACULATE by Louise Mathews – 12 to 14 Mar

In March 2021 Tinderbox will premiere Louise Mathews’ original and powerful new piece of missing memoirs, Immaculate as part of E Motion 21. Due to lockdown and restrictions lasting until 5th March, Tinderbox have radically re-directed their Creativity in Motion tour to a series of online creative workshops and performances to help and entertain during periods of isolation. The Immaculate project comprises of a full recording of the brilliant Immaculate album and the premiere of the Immaculate digital theatre performance directed by Patrick J O’Reilly as part of Féile an Earraigh 2021


Immaculate is based on a true story of an artist struggling to piece together the life of her uncle Anthony, who tragically died in the early 90s and whose cause of death is unknown. Through Immaculate the artist is determined to reclaim his life, get the justice he deserves and celebrate equality, in this powerful song cycle performance featuring music by Stuart Robinson.

A woman goes on a hunt through time to bring her dead uncle back to life. A life that society swept under the carpet because he was everything to be denounced in his time. Now she is determined to put him in lights and on the pedestal, where his fabulousness deserves to be. Has society really changed its mind enough, from the 40s to 80s? When a gay illegitimate Irish Catholic man lives through troubles in Belfast, the “gay holocaust” in London, what new information will fill the blanks of her memory? Can she piece together t he missing pieces to celebrate a man that lurks in her memory?

Director of Immaculate Patrick J O’Reilly commented:

“Immaculate is a powerful tribute to our history of inequality and shame, a celebration of where we are today and a call to action for a future that recognises everyone as equal in our society’. Immaculate will premiere as part of the Féile an Earraigh Arts Festival in March 2021 with the aim of a live performance Autumn 2021.”

Dates: 12 to 14 March 2021
£8 per device
Advisory: 14+ tbc
Ticket information available on our website –

For further information please contact: Artistic Director: Patrick J O’Reilly – Producer: Meg Magill –


Written and performed by Louise Mathews
Directed by Patrick J O’Reilly
Produced by Meg Magill
Music by Stuart Robinson
Costume/Set Design by Diana Ennis
Lighting Design by James McFetridge
Editor: Dan Leith
Production Manager: Rory Casey
Stage Manager: Kerri McGimpsey

Louise Mathews
Rhodri Lewis

Féile An Earraigh 2021 – 1st to 17th March 2021 –

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