Sunday, March 23, 2014
Somerville Theatre 4 

2013/Ireland (21 min)
Director: Etain McGuckian
Plays as part of New Irish Shorts Program 2

Black, white, young, old, we all wear the same kind of clothes. But sometimes, through the wears and tears of life, they might need a bit of alteration.

Step inside Jude Hughes' Rapid Alterations basement shop in Dublin, Ireland, and prepare not only to see clothes take on a new life, but their owners reveal the memories they behold. We will hear tales from all walks of life, as customers lend Jude's generous ear to discuss the rips and tears in their life beyond just the material. No stranger to a life less ordinary himself, we will also hear Jude's story growing up as an orphaned Black child during the 1940s in Ireland's institutions with the Christian Brothers, to go on to become a leading human rights activist since the 60s, and his hopes and dreams for Ireland's inter-cultured future.