Between Your Love And Mine

By Leonard Cohen and John MacKenna

In summer 2016, using only Leonard Cohen's songs, words and poems, writer John MacKenna began work on a requiem for theatre, in memory of young friends and in honour of those who mourn them. The requiem was inspired, in particular, by Leonard's hope-filled lines: Behold the gates of mercy, in arbitrary space, and none of us deserving the cruelty or the grace, o solitude of longing where love has been confined, come healing of the body, come healing of the mind.

In late October 2016, just two weeks before Cohen's death, the singer approved the final draft of Between Your Love and Mine which later premiered at VISUAL Carlow, Ireland.

Musical director for the requiem was Aisling Carter and it featured the voices of Eric Butler, Katie Jacques and Shane Sullivan. The band featured Aisling Carter on keyboard, Lucy Deegan on cello; Annie-Rose Deegan on violin; David Day on percussion. Lighting: Tom Kennedy. Images: Geert van der Wijk. Spoken word is by Angela Keogh and John MacKenna, who also directed the requiem.

You can find the Requiem booklet here and the complete script here.

Thanks to John MacKenna for the material and his kind permission
to post the booklet and the scrip on this site.

Photo by Geert van der Wijk
Also thanks to Albert Noonan and Marie Nolan