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Stella is dead, the funeral is over and Anna’s husband, Richard, has taken the children to his mother’s for the weekend. Alone at last, Anna has two days ahead of her to make sense of the catastrophe that ensues when she takes the 19-year-old Stella into her home. She can’t help the baby bird in the garden screeching for its mother but she could have helped Stella.

‘Why did nothing warn me on that September evening when Stella came to us?’

KILLING STELLA is adapted from Marlen Haushofer’s novella Wir töten Stella (Austria, 1958), an unflinching story of collusion in abuse, and the price that has to be paid for remaining silent. Originally created for the stage, this version of the piece has been re-imagined by Gaitkrash for the online medium.

The creative team includes:

Bernadette Cronin (performance, translation and script adaptation)
Regina Crowley (artistic direction)
Harry Moore (videography)
Mick O'Shea (Sound art) 

Gaitkrash was formed in 2007 by theatre artists Bernadette Cronin and Regina Crowley, and sound and visual artist Mick O’Shea. The cornerstone of all their work is the alchemy of collaboration and their exploration takes place at the intersection between image, sound, and text, in keeping with Arnold Schopenhauer’s thesis that when images are accompanied by sound, 'the sound seems to open up their most secret sense and meaning, and to constitute the clearest commentary on them'. For more information, see

This adaptation for the screen is timed to coincide with the conference 'Marlen Haushofer in Context' organised by the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre, which is taking place online from 17 to 19 May 2021. 

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