Up Up Up presents Mad, Bad and Dangerous: a celebration of ‘difficult’ women.
Repeat of Series One:
Sun 1–Tue 31 May
Premiere of Series 2 Episode 1:
Mon 16 May, 6pm
Premiere of Series 2 Episode 2:
Tue 17 May, 6pm
Online Discussion chaired by: Sarah McInerney
Featuring: Lelia Doolan, Emma O’Grady, Dr Michaela Schrage-Frueh, Ann Ingle, Dr Lorraine Grimes, Dr Maggie O’Neill
Wed 18 May, 6pm
Two new episodes from the long-awaited Series 2 will screen online at Bealtaine Festival 2022. Mad, Bad and Dangerous, created by theatre artist Emma O’Grady, is a documentary series of interviews between influential women over 70. With the pandemic, the relationship that intersects age, gender and public space has never been so fraught. The need to see, hear and prioritise older people has been rendered explicitly visible. These women have been blazing trails for 50 years. They were moving mountains long before hashtags. They are the ‘difficult’ women, the brass necks, the sharp, the fearless: the mad, the bad and the dangerous. MBD was originally recorded in Aug/Sept 2020 and screened for free online as part of Dublin Fringe Festival and Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival AT HOME Sept & Oct 2020. In 2022, with support from the Irish Research Council the makers will screen two brand new episodes for free online for Bealtaine Festival 2022.
Series One: Ep 1: Lelia Doolan & Bernadette McAliskey Ep 2: Margaretta D’Arcy & Lelia Doolan Ep 3 Pauline Cummins & Jo Murphy Lawless Ep 4 Nell McCafferty & Lelia Doolan
S2Ep1: 16th May 6pm Anne Rossiter & Noreen Byrne
Noreen Byrne is a feminist, social justice activist, director of the Well Woman centre in the 1980s and former chair of the National Women’s Council.
Anne Rossiter is an activist and performer and co-founder of the Irish Women’s Abortion Support Group in London. She has spoken openly of her experiences with a backstreet abortion and continues to campaign for justice in women’s reproductive health
S2Ep2: 17th May 6pm Luchia Fitzgerald & Ailbhe Smyth
Luchia Fitzgerald is a leading lesbian activist for gay liberation and women’s rights in Manchester. She was born in Bessboro Mother & Baby Home and ran away and lived on the streets of Manchester aged 15.
Ailbhe Smyth is a feminist academic and activist, involved in the Marriage equality campaign and leading the Together For Yes campaign. She was recently awarded Freedom of the City of Dublin!
Created, directed and produced by Emma O’Grady
Producer: Lara Hickey
Associate producer & researcher: Miriam Haughton
DOP: James Ryan (S1: Ep 1) and Cathy Dunne (S1: Ep 2, 3 & 4 and S2)
Sound: Dean Murray (S1: Ep 1 & 2) and Laura Sheeran (S1: Ep 3 & 4 and S2)
Editor: James Ryan (Ep 1) and Laura Sheeran (S1: Ep 2, 3 & 4 and S2)
Original music by Orlagh De Bhaldraithe
Produced by Up Up Up, with Copper Alley, in association with Dublin Fringe Festival and Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival, with support from the Irish Research Council, Galway County Council and the Irish Women Lawyers Association along with the Community Knowledge Initiative, Institute for Lifecourse and Society and The Feminist Storytelling Network (NUI Galway) and 168 donors on GoFundMe.