Past Events

“In Between Silence” – A Masterpiece Of Storytelling – On Film

Followed by a Q&A with Composer Stano and Producer Denise Dunphy

Sound pieces, featuring storytelling from some of Ireland’s finest cultural icons, set to music by composer and visual artist Stano, arrives in London after international acclaim.

Hot Press says: “……Lyrically and philosophically, if Sam Beckett was around today, I’d say he’d fancy a spell in the studio doing spoken word with Stano..”

STANO, the groundbreaking Irish composer and electronic experimentalist, true to the motto of his punk roots to “be original”, now, following screenings all over Dublin, Ireland and New York, finally brings his ‘Masterpiece of Storytelling’ to London

In  Between Silence, where we really exist is a collection of intimate personal stories by leading Irish writers and artists including Roddy Doyle, Paula Meehan, Dermot Bolger, Anne Enright, Aidan Gillen, Theo Dorgan all who have a story to tell, presented in a unique film format by groundbreaking Irish composer STANO.

STANO creates a piece of music for each participant. He doesn’t hear the story and the participant doesn’t hear the music until they start to record. His desire is to capture the spontaneous response of each person to the music and the impact it has on their delivery.

STANO’s interest is in rediscovering the power of the shared experience of music and storytelling, of listening, of allowing our imagination to bring us on our own journey while engaging with the voice of the storyteller.

In Between Silence, Where We Really Exist  was launched at the International Literature Festival Dublin and made it’s American debut with a three week run in the Barrow Street Theatre NYC. This ongoing collection of now over 100 stories, has since played at festivals throughout Ireland, New York and it will be touring Australia in March 2023.

The ICC is delighted to be presenting the UK Premiere of this extraordinary event.

The collection is housed in the Boole Library, University College Cork alongside the Porcelain Book which accompanies the collection.

Sat 11 February 2023

Doors 6.30pm, Starts 7.00pm

Tickets: £12/£10

STANO Speaking About “In Between Silence” on RTE Radio 

“What I’m trying to do is underpin the story with an atmosphere, with a mood, because stories are really visual and my background is in manipulating sound and almost doing a soundtrack to a film that doesn’t exist, that’s really what I’m doing. Its harking back to when we sat around the fire telling stories, the crackle of the fire would have been the soundscape, I’m trying to recreate that feeling”.

DERMOT BOLGER (Launch – Lighthouse Cinema)

“I listened to Brian Palm’s story and within 90 seconds of it I knew that I trusted STANO implicitly and that sense of trust is so important. You don’t always trust people and particularly when you’re a writer, because you’re dealing with producers and people are trying to make you say things in a certain way and there was a sense that here was somebody who was opening up this space where you could say what you wanted to say”.


“Working with STANO was an extraordinary, surprising experience.  I was deeply moved when I first heard the music that he had joined to my words, and how he’d filled and stretched the gaps between the words and sentences, how he’d taken a couple of hundred spoken words and made – to my ear – something brand new, a new form of story-telling – out of them.”


“STANO is an unseen but very strong force inside the artistic life of this country”“It’s a kind of a paradox, STANO has brought us to the cinema to listen to stories and look at nothing, but of course you’re not looking at nothing, you’re looking at something that’s inside the whole imaginative space of your own consciousness.

I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a kaleidoscope of images in the dark, it’s the most powerful film I’ve seen in years and there’s about 30 seconds of images. The way the soundscape takes sounds out of the world and sounds out of the stories and makes something that just travels you into the story it’s really quite uncanny”.

What the Press Say…

Rosie Vaughn ( New York)

“ In Between Silence, where we really exist is a sensory experience and a master class in storytelling, using beautiful soundscapes to subtly underscore the beautiful complexity of the human experience. I have always been of the frame of mind that nobody has quite managed to master the art of storytelling as skilfully as the Irish. For some reason, the importance of language, legacy, and oral tradition passed down through generations just seems to ring exceptionally true and deep when tied to the Emerald Isle. In Between Silence, a sensory multimedia experience developed and directed by self-proclaimed “Song Poet” STANO, reinforces this belief”.

Emmanuel Tuohey  (Irish Times)

“STANO’s biggest challenge may be handling the exponential growth of this new art form. Other artists are keen to participate in the project and tell their stories. And he has received interest from people in the mental health and prison systems in Dublin, who think the storytelling may have therapeutic value for residents and inmates alike. STANO and Dunphy are naturally delighted with the response, but what matters to them is the truism spoken by another participant, photographer John Minihan, who said, “What remains is the photograph”. In other words, what matters is the final product”.

Joseph Charnitski  (exeunt Magazine New York)

“Maintaining flexible definitions of cinema, theater, and storytelling is a valuable component of keeping an open mind to the arts. Add to that this mix of public and private, the sharing of my “imaginative space” with other people as they process these stories and the experience of hearing them their own way, and you have an active, engaged, vibrant evening”.

Krombie (Stage Buddy – New York)

“There are myriad ways to tell stories, but a voice in the dark has a proximate visceral effect. Listening becomes heightened while the eyes follow the trace of – in this case – intimate recollections including stories passed on through networks of blood and empathy. ‘In Between Silence, where we really exist’ is a collection of true stories recorded by chiefly Irish writers, produced by Irish composer and one-time Dublin punk scenester STANO to music of his own making”.