'If you need a beautiful piece of art in your life, then look no further than A Concrete Song'. - Lawrence MacKin The Irish Times 

A Concrete Song is the original poem by Oona Doherty which inspired her 

Hard to be Soft series.


Choreography and performance by: Oona Doherty

Director: Dave Tynan 

Score: David Holmes

DOP: Hugh O'Conor 

Producer: Dawn Mac Allister 

Editor: Ross Bradshaw 

Sound mixer: Will Farrell 

Special thanks:

Bradley and the Maple Leaf Club

Mike Donnelly


The Voices of the concrete

Eileen McClory, Emma Jordon, Maggie Cronin

The Irish Times Laurence Mackin


If you need a beautiful piece of art in your life, then look no further than the flinty dream that is A Concrete Song.

This is the latest short from director Dave Tynan, who is currently putting the finishing touches to the film version of Dublin Oldschool with writer and performer Emmet Kirwan. (You might remember their recent short-film collaboration Heartbreak, which gave stunning voice to one woman’s struggle, with Jordanne Jones delivering a terrific performance.)

The main star and creative force behind A Concrete Song is dancer Oona Doherty. The text is a poem by Doherty that inspired her Hard to Be Softdance series, which will premier at the Belfast International Arts Festival at the end of October. The pieces are a reflection on Belfast, her hometown, based on the experiences of the locals.

In it Doherty, in collaboration with musician David Holmes, “creates a physical prayer celebrating all we have and an invocation for all that we are missing”. Holmes’s music also features in the short film.

Drill deeper into the credits and you’ll see that it’s filmed by actor Hugh O’Conor, who in recent years has moved his considerable talents to the other side of the camera. And as for that brilliant location? It’s the Ulster Maple Leaf Sports and Social Club on Belfast’s Park Avenue.

“What if Jesus came back? What if he was bricking your car on the Saintfield road?” it asks. Have a look and come up with your own answers.