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Culture Night 2020

‘ALL BODIES’ – A Performance by Banríon Launching Tuesday 22nd December


This is a film of the indie-rock band ‘banríon’, performing at the LAB in December 2020. ‘banríon’ members include Róisín Ní Haicéad on vocals and guitar, Robbie Stickland on guitar, John Harding on bass and Michael Nagel on drums. ‘banríon’, released their first EP ‘Airport Dads’ in June 2020. Some of the band’s songs are influenced by Ní Haicéad’s experience with disability.

The performance was filmed as part of the LAB Gallery’s Culture Night programme in partnership with Arts & Disability Ireland. It was facilitated by curator Róisín Power Hackett, videography and editing by Infocus Media and sound design by Sound Hire.

For more information on ‘banríon’ please click here


The podcasts will be available on the LAB Gallery’s website and across their social media platforms including Sound Cloud, Instagram + Facebook on Friday September 18th


‘The social world is … a large systemic prosthesis for the normative bodies its structures support.’

-Shannon Jackson, Social Works

Disabled people have bodies that function differently from the socially “normal” body that is accepted and assumed. ALL BODIES is a film and a podcast whose artists and curator have disabilities. The podcast includes artworks and conversations with Banríon’s fronts person Róisín Ní Haicéad, poet Philip Kenny and theatre practitioner Mairéad Folan. This podcast aims to examine disability in an insightful and personal way by reflecting on the artists’ and curator’s experiences of navigating the normative world.

The podcast was produced for Culture Night to accommodate our challenging social landscape due to Covid 19. The LAB Gallery has adapted to these unusual times by bringing culture to you through digital platforms.

ALL BODIES is curated by Róisín Power Hackett, the ARC LAB Gallery Curatorial Scholar. Her area of research is the inclusion in and access to the arts for disabled people/people with disabilities. ALL BODIES is supported by The LAB Gallery and Dublin City Arts Office in partnership with Arts & Disability Ireland.

A transcript of this podcast is available here.


Róísín Ní Haicéad studies sociology and social policy in Trinity College Dublin and dips in and out of disability and housing activism. Banríon is an indie-rock band, fresh on Dublin’s indie/alt-rocky/post punky DIY scene – whatever that is. Headed by Róisín Ní Haicéid, the songs are raw, revolving around the complex and unique theme of disability, alongside relatable young experiences such as emigration, heartbreak and loving your friends. Their three-part debut EP ‘airport dads’ was recorded in drummer Michael Nagle’s sitting room in Connemara, during storm Jorge in February 2020, and was released on the 19th of June.

Phil Kenny is a poet based in Dublin, he has performed at Knockan Stockan and Electric Picnic. Additionally, Philip received the Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland Mentoring Award in 2019 and has been published in Storytellers edited by Anna Fox.  The poems he will be performing are personal, sensory, sometimes normal (relatively) and often surreal and abstract. He has mild Asperger’s Syndrome, which connects the world in a way he is familiar with, but often appears obscure to others. Writing and speaking has ever been a way of connecting people to that world. Please talk to him if you like. He would love nothing more.

Mairéad Folan is the Artistic Director of Galway-based NoRopes Theatre Company. She has directed and produced the following NoRopes productions: An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting (UK), Wake, Flash Theatre – a 24 hr event, Wasted and The Open Couple. She received a MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland and an Acting Diploma from London College of Music. Mairéad is a founding member of Galway-based theatre collective, Theatre57. Her debut as playwright, Meet Luke, will be given a rehearsed reading on 8 October as part of this year’s Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.






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