The Bystander
Dublin Theatre Festival 2018
Mermaid Arts Centre, 12 October
Project Arts Centre, 9+10 November

‘I didn’t want to get involved.' Anonymous Neighbour

The Bystander is an intriguing and adventurous production by multi-award winning dance theatre innovators Junk Ensemble. Taking its name from the
‘bystander effect’ phenomenon of the murder of Kitty Genovese outside her apartment in New York City in 1964, whereby thirty-eight witnesses saw or heard the attack, yet none of them called for help, The Bystander brings to the surface some of the murkier and complex behaviours of contemporary society.

Performed by an internationally acclaimed cast and drawing on the expertise of a psychologist, The Bystander gets under the skin of how we behave as individuals and groups. What makes us help someone and what makes us simply stand by?

‘The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.' Albert Einstein

Creation, Direction and Choreography: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy
In collaboration with the cast

Set Design: Sabine Dargent
Lighting Design: Zia Bergin-Holly
Costume Design: Sarah Foley
Music & Sound Design: Denis Clohessy
Dramaturg: Feidlim Cannon
Consultant Sociologist & Collaborator: Ciaran Smyth

Performers: Steve Blount, Stephanie Dufresne, Stephen Moynihan, Tilly Webber

Producer: Gwen van Spijk
Line Producer: Michelle Cahill
Production Manager: Sean Dennehy
the work