I Used To Feel

I Used To Feel is a site-specific, music-theatre piece which explores experiences of deafness and communication break-down. It is performed in a hotel room.

A woman has not been seen since she checked into a hotel room, alone, three days ago.

Initially developed by Spitalfields Music Festival, London the work was subsequently shown at Cork Midsummer Festival 2017 and Dublin Fringe Festival in 2018.

Supported by Arts & Disability Ireland.

Kate Romano [clarinet]
Alvean Jones [performer]
Ailis Ni Riain [writer & composer]


I Used to Feel received a Dublin production at The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Quay, the Docks, Dublin. Supported by Dublin Fringe Festival & Arts & Disability Ireland. September 2018.

An interview about I Used to Feel with Totally Dublin

The Irish premiere of I Used to Feel took place at Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork in 2017. The performances took place in a bedroom of the Maldron Hotel in Cork city and were supported by Cork Midsummer Festival and Arts & Disability Ireland.

I Used to Feel was initially developed by Spitalfields Festival in London. It was first performed at the Hoxton Hotel in Holborn in London in 2016. 

Audience Responses


“Very different to anything I’ve ever seen.”

“She was difficult to leave behind.”

“Powerful; upsetting.”

“Oppressive, a strong atmosphere.”

“Music is beautiful & strong visual imagery.”

“It made me think of entanglements…”

“The role of the musician made me think differently about the scenario.”

“Very moving…”

“Someone’s struggle to be understood.”

“Loneliness encapsulated.”