Between Your Love and Mine – a requiem by Leonard Cohen
I first saw this show I was struck by the sheer
beauty and integrity of it. President Michael D Higgins following a performance of Between
Your Love and Mine
During a conversation with
Leonard Cohen, with whom he had a thirty-year friendship, in the
early summer of 2016, John MacKenna broached the possibility of a
collaboration on a requiem for stage, in memory of young people who had died.
Leonard listened; MacKenna went
away and worked on a draft of the project – a requiem Mass for
theatre using only Leonard’s words and music.
Over the summer they collaborated
on shaping the final work – BETWEEN YOUR LOVE AND MINE :
a requiem by Leonard Cohen.
In October of 2016 Leonard gave
his blessing to the completed script. Sadly, two weeks later he died.
Between Your Love and Mine premiered
at VISUAL Carlow in the summer of 2017, in the presence of the President,
Michael D Higgins, and the Canadian Ambassador. It played at seven
venues as part of a short tour that followed.
So impressed was
President Higgins by the requiem that he invited the company to perform it
at Áras an Uachtaráin on Culture Night 2017.
Now, with the blessing of
Leonard’s family and management, the requiem will be staged in
September 2019 at five venues, including Wexford Arts Centre on Friday
September 27th. Tickets are €20/18