That was “My Name is Saoirse” 2014

Saoirse Poster smallA sold-out performance with standing ovations at the end shows how strong the appreciation of cutting-edge drama is in Skerries. Local director Hildegard Ryan brought her production of Eva O’Connor’s My Name is Saoirse to Skerries Mills for one night only, between highly successful runs in Edinburgh and during the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Limerick. 1987. Saoirse lives with her da and her brother in a peach-coloured bungalow that has been in their family for generations. Saoirse prefers running through the fields to chasing after boys, but her best friend Siobhán has other ideas and after a fateful night drinking with the lads in Wilsons, Saoirse is forced to set out on a journey that takes her miles away from her home and the carefree adolescence she once knew.

This tender and evocative coming-of-age story from award-winning Sunday’s Child Theatre Company came to us fresh from their Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe success. The audience loved it.

Eva O’Connor (performer/writer) is a critically-acclaimed Irish actress and playwright. She trained in an MA theatre ensemble in Rose Bruford Academy of Performing Arts, London. She was nominated for best supporting actress in the 2009 Irish Times Theatre Awards for her part in “Broken Croí/Heart Briste,” and was selected as one of the Traverse Fifty playwrights to celebrate the theatre’s 50th Anniversary.

Since meeting and collaborating with Eva O’Connor at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin in 2011, Skerries native Hildegard Ryan (director) has worked with Sunday’s Child as producer of “Kiss Me and You Will See How Important I Am” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012 which won the Emerging Artists of the Year Award.  Hildegard has also directed short films, music videos and documentary pieces. She is currently studying for an MA in Film Directing and Production at Central Film School London.


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