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Archive for September 22nd, 2010

Last night, I was listening to Arena on RTE Radio and caught an interview with Nic Green, the director and writer of Trilogy which opens tonight as part of Absolut Fringe. Much has been made of the appearance of 50 naked women dancers (all volunteers) in the play, but it’s within the context of looking at femininity, representations of the female body and what it means to be a woman.

In the interview Nic spoke about her work with 8 – 11-year-old girls where she started to hear the beginnings of body dysmorphia; of girls fretting over their weight. She also discussed the feminists who inspired her and said that they were “women in my own life, rather than celebrities” and that a lot of writers had also impacted on her. Another  project she is involved in is www.makeyourownherstory.org and according to the site:

“The Make Your Own Herstory Project argues the case for placing creativity and reflection at the heart of political and personal development. For us, this is not a question, but a necessity.”

There are various chapters on the site about making your own “womanifesto” or female Family Tree to making your own anthem. I like the idea of ‘Make Your Own Statue’ which might involve – in Green’s words – “adding a pair of tinfoil ear-rings”.

“Choose your favourite female icon – the chances are, shes underrated! Why not dress a local patriarchal statue as the woman you admire?  Dont forget to stick a sign over the existing name stating who she is, when she was born and died (if applicable) and what she did.”

She was a fascinating interviewee, who spoke in an inspiring way about womanhood and feminism. Trilogy opens tonight at the Project Arts Centre and runs until Saturday. The performance starts at 7pm and runs for three hours.

Arena interview with Nic Green here:

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Eileen Walsh is currently playing the lead role in Medea by Siren Productions, at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin (ABSOLUT Fringe, until 25th September). Her theatre work includes Macbeth, Terminus (Abbey Theatre); The Gigli Concert (Druid); Disco Pigs (Corcadorca/Bush/Arts Theatre); Crave (Royal Court), The Drowned World (Traverse Theatre) and Mary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland).  Film and television credits include Eden (Best Actress Award, Tribeca Film Festival), Pure Mule, The Magdalene Sisters, When Brendan Met Trudy, Miss Julie, The Last Bus Home, The Van and 33 x Around the Sun.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

Cliff Richard/The Young Ones – Living Doll.

What’s your favourite smell?

Molecule 01.

Have you ever had a nickname?

Smallie.

What is your favourite room in your house?

The coalhole (under the stairs).

What are your guilty pleasures?

E!

What would people be surprised to know about you?

Not much.

Who is your closest female friend?

My sisters.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

Birthmark on my arm known as my teatoo (hot tea burn when I was 3).

Where would you most like to live?

In a 70s’ build, flat roof, sunken living room and I’d be happy.

Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?

A very nice boy who said he’d like to teach me.

What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?

Did you have to work out for the role? (Medea!) Obviously an American.

What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A Kinder egg that had been tampered with so that when you put the toy jigsaw together it read I Love You.

What is your favourite word?

Wait.

Who was your first love?

I married him.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?

Apparently a dog groomer was pretty high on my list when I was 10.

Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?

I bought several sisters the same book (as a student) and told them pass it on to each other… 100 Years of Solitude …no less!

What happens after we die?

We answer questions.

What female historical figure do you admire most?

Right now I’m smothered in Medea.

Sum yourself up in three words:

G.S.O.H./N.S./O.T.

And finally… What are you anti? What are you pro?

Anti-abortion

Pro- hunting…only joking.

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