We presented two new one-act plays from Wed 24th to Saturday 27th
October in Riverbank. Together, they explored unusual strategies
invented to deal with isolation and loneliness in contemporary society.
They form part of a series of work exploring a style of theatre
which tries to resist engaging the audience in a cathartic response.
They are anti-sentimental in that they do not look primarily for
emotional engagement, nor Brechtian intellectual engagement, but
rather - almost exclusively - they look for imaginative engagement
with the audience. For us, this means that neither the director
nor actor interprets the work. They understand it, present it and
the audience interprets it.
bending spoons is by Peter Hussey and was short-listed
for the Rough Magic seeds project earlier this year. It is a dark
comedy set in what appears to be a rehabilitation institute but
which turns out to be somewhere altogether different. Two men enact
various roles exploring the changing nature of intimacy in a post-colonial
world where everything must be saleable in order to have value.
With Darren Donohue (Burke) and Nick Devlin (Nash). Directed by
Peter Hussey and designed by Ciarán Aspell.
our lady of the flowers also by Peter Hussey, is a
monologue for one woman. It concerns an elderly num who is trying
to adapt to living in a small house in the community, having spent
50 years in a large convent. Today three things happen to her which
bring unforeseen consequences into her life: She makes an attempt
to escape. She remembers what she saw in her grandmother's wardrobe
65 years ago. She has forgotten her name.