Dylan Tighe presents SAMPLES a series of discussions, events and screenings exploring the influences, sources and themes of his new project RECORD at Cork Midsummer Festival. SAMPLES Dylan Tighe presents SAMPLES, a series of discussions, events and screenings exploring the influences, sources and themes of his new project RECORD. These events aim to explore and shift consciousness around the representation of mental health. All events are free and take place at the Half Moon Theatre (with the exception of “Every Little Thing” screened at The Gate Cinema) Tuesday 26 June Noon / Dylan Tighe in discussion with psychiatrist and author Pat Bracken Director of the West Cork Mental Health Service Dr. Pat Bracken is, as a psychiatrist, philosopher and writer, a pioneer in mental health reform and ethics in Ireland. 2pm / The Gate Cinema / Screening of “Every Little Thing” a documentary by Nicolas Philibert introduced by Dylan Tighe (France, 1996, 105min, English subtitles. Screened thanks to the Institut Français in Ireland) Like every year, the patients and staff at the La Borde psychiatric clinic come together to put on a play. Making us question the distinctions that society applies in classifying people as normal or abnormal, the film charts the passage of this magical event and allows the viewer a glimpse at life in one of the world's most highly regarded psychiatric institutions. “As the film unfolds, illnesses and diagnoses recede into the background while the labor and madness of art take center stage.” Leslie Camhi, THE NEW YORK TIMES Wednesday 27 June Noon / Dylan Tighe in discussion with activist and author Mary Maddock and members of MindFreedom Ireland Mary Maddock, author of the book Soul Survivor, is a founder of MindFreedom Ireland. Founded in 2003, MindFreedom Ireland is an affiliate of MindFreedom International and with them, campaigns for a non-violent revolution in the mental health system. It is one of the very few totally independent groups in the “mental health” field with zero funding from the Mental Health System, Government, Religious organisations or drug companies 2.30pm- (Half Moon Theatre) / Screening of “You're Gonna Miss Me” a documentary by Keven McAlester introduced by Dylan Tighe (USA, 2005, 91min, rated 16) Documentary about rock pioneer Roky Erickson: manic frontman of The 13th Floor Elevators known for his colossal heroin and LSD binges, struggles with schizophrenia, and an unthinkable term at Rusk Hospital for the Criminally Insane. A disturbingly intimate portrait of an imploding family and the struggle between modernized medicine and religion. “If you think every film about tormented geniuses has to end in tragedy, YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME will shock you.” Ken Taylor, XLR8R Thursday 28 June Noon / Music and Madness a discussion between Siobhan Kane and Dylan Tighe Over the years, music writer Siobhán Kane has written for various publications on music and culture including The Irish Times, Thumped, The Event Guide and Consequence of Sound. She occasionally contributes to radio, including the arts and culture show Arena on RTE. 2.30pm / Collaboration in Context, an event chaired by Katherine Atkinson and hosted by CREATE, with Dylan Tighe, Mark Storor and Grace Dyas Creating a forum for shared learning around collaborative arts practice, commissioning in context and within festival cycles, with a particular focus on health. Friday 29 June Noon / The Future of mental health: a discussion with John O’Donoghue, David McCarthy, Gretta Crowley, Mary Maddock, , Harry Gijbels, and Lydia Sapouna hosted by Dylan Tighe David McCarthy is the CEO of Mad Pride Ireland, an organization promoting understanding of the issues surrounding mental health by engaging the community through active participation in a fun environment. Gretta Crowley is local Health Manager at the South Lee Local Health Office of Health Service Executive (HSE). Harry Gijbels and Lydia Sapouna, members of the Critical Voices Network, are senior lecturers at University College Cork in the area of mental health. 2.30pm / Critical and Creative Approaches in Mental Health Presentations by Critical Voices Network of Ireland and John O’Donoghue CVNI is a network that works together, practitioner as well as service user, towards one common universal goal of protecting human rights and mental health reform for Ireland. John O'Donoghue is the author of Sectioned: A Life Interrupted Mind Book Of The Year 2010 and of poetry collections. He also teaches Creative Writing at the University of Westminster. Saturday 30 June Noon / Performance and Madness Dylan Tighe in discussion with Anna Harpin (UK) Anna Harpin is a lecturer at the University of Exeter. Prior to this she completed her PhD on contemporary performance, pathology, and ethics at the University of Cambridge in 2009. Her primary area of research is contemporary theatre and performance practice. More specifically she is concerned with mental health, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, trauma, and human rights. Anna is currently writing a monograph on literature and madness since 1959. 2.30pm / Performance and Madness Presentation by artist Sean Burn (UK), followed by discussion with Dylan Tighe Sean Burn is a writer, performer and outsider artist with a growing international reputation. Actively involved nationally in disability arts, he was shortlisted for a Dadafest disability arts award in 2009 and earlier this year completed a major residency at the new gallery Walsall in association with dash (disability arts shropshire) where he worked to ‘reclaim the languages of lunacy’. Tickets now on sale for RECORD at the Half Moon Theatre 22-30 June (not 26 June). Book on or call the Box Office on 021 4215159 RECORD album available from, iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers