King House , Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Military Road
Co. Roscommon

The Singing Flame with Francis Fay


This is a durational piece, so you can come and go as you please or stay with the artist if you wish

 This work responds to the historical and social context of King House as a microcosm of Irish history

THE SINGING FLAME was originally performed at the FUTURE HISTORIES event, Kilmainham Goal in May 2016. The performance is a response to the 1916 Easter rising, the civil war that followed and identity in general with the title being a nod to the book of the same name by Ernie O’Malley.


Boy“Past potentials. And the ever-present moment in which we discover ourselves anew. Emphatically linked, they simultaneously share a temporal plane arising out of the struggles, beliefs, dreams and faith of the one and of the many. And intersect in this specific singularity.

Completing the circle of this persistent illusion, the Easter Uprising and following civil was interrogates origin, identity and destiny. I will respond to the overarching theme with a unifying ritualistic gesture capable of echoing the past, informing the present and illuminating the future, a singing flame resonating with THAT which is inexplicably most universal, unchanging and eternal.”