Have I No Mouth


Ann Cannon and Erich Keller in the Brokentalkers production of "Have I No Mouth" presented by the Irish Arts Center at the Baryshnikov Arts Center as part of PS122's COIL Festival Jan 2014. Image by Jeremy Abrahams

US Premiere


Jan 14 - 26

Have I No Mouth
Brokentalkers (Ireland)

A real-life mother and son take a brave, unflinching look at their past and attempt to piece together the truth in the aftermath of a family tragedy. In an innovatively theatrical performance, Brokentalkers’ Feidlim Cannon and his mother, Ann, explore old memories, childhood recollections, and the ways we heal ourselves when the unthinkable occurs. A moving and redemptive portrait of an astonishing family experience.

Dublin-based Brokentalkers are internationally acclaimed for their pioneering approach to theater. In Have I No Mouth, they continue to explore the world we live in with honesty, originality and humor.

Written & Directed by Feidlim Cannon & Gary Keegan
Performed by Ann Cannon, Feidlim Cannon, Erich Keller

“This riveting…show from Brokentalkers…can transform an acutely personal story into something universal.” – The Irish Times

“A raw, poignant, and deeply moving piece of excruciatingly honest storytelling.” – Irish Theatre Magazine

70 minutes

Brokentalkers are a Dublin based theater company formed in 2001 by Feidlim Cannon, Damien Fenty, Gary Keegan and Faye Munns after graduating from De Montfort University, Leicester.
Over the past 10 years, under the artistic directorship of Feidlim and Gary, Brokentalkers have built a reputation as one of Ireland’s most innovative and original theater companies by making formally ambitious work that defies categorization. This work has been presented in a variety of spaces, ranging from theaters to public spaces, disused sites and the Internet.
“Brokentalkers are an Irish Company with an international outlook. We are committed to touring their work internationally and developing relationships with international partners. To date Brokentalkers have presented work in UK, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Romania, Belgium, France, New Zealand, Russia and USA.
Our working method is founded on a collaborative process that draws from the skills and experiences of a large and diverse group of contributors from different disciplines and backgrounds. Some are professional artists, performers, designers and writers and others are people who do not usually work in the theatre but who bring an authenticity to the work that is compelling.
Our shows respond to the contemporary world of which they are part and use elements such as original writing, dance, classic texts, film, interviews, found materials and music to represent that world in performance.”


Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center (IAC) is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come.
Our multi-disciplinary programming is centered around three core areas: performance – including live music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and the humanities; exhibition – including visual arts presentations and cultural exhibitions that tell the evolving Irish story; and education – with dozens of classes per week in Irish language, history, music, and dance.
Located in New York City, a global capital of arts and culture, Irish Arts Center serves as a dynamic platform for top emerging and established artists and cultural creators to reach a New York, national, and global audience, and as a gateway for other institutions to access first-rate Irish and Irish American culture.



Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov who sought to build an arts center in Manhattan that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. BAC’s opening in 2005 heralded the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative laboratory and performance space for artists from around the world. BAC’s activities encompass a robust residency program augmented by a range of professional services, including commissions of new work, as well as the presentation of performances by artists at varying stages of their careers. In tandem with its commitment to supporting artists, BAC is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at affordable ticket prices. For more information, please visit www.bacnyc.org.


Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), located in the Hudson Yards neighborhood on Manhattan’s far West Side, is accessible by the A/C/E and 1/2/3 subway lines. Just a few blocks from the northern end of the High Line, BAC is at the center of a culturally vibrant neighborhood, home to an array of art galleries, theater companies, and shopping destinations. Visitors to BAC can choose from a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés along 9th Avenue between 34th and 42nd streets.


Brokentalkers are supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council, Culture Ireland and are part of Project Catalyst, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.

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