A One-Woman Show brought to you by Sunday’s Child.
Written and performed by Eva O’Connor.
Directed by Hildegard Ryan.
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.
My Name is Saoirse is a tender and evocative coming-of-age story from award-winning Sunday’s Child Theatre Company, fresh from their Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe success.
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. Eva is the Artistic Director of Sunday’s Child Theatre Company.
Hildegard Ryan (director). Since meeting and collaborating with Eva’Connor at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin in 2011, Skerries native Hildegard 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.
From reviews from Edinburgh summer 2014:
If you are looking for a humorous and heart-warming small scale production this festival, you’ve found it … the piece is beautifully written, striking a mesmerising balance between touching and funny moments. The talented Eva O’Connor plays the part to perfection, convincingly portraying a young girl in the midst of a difficult transition … A captivating performance. Three Weeks.
… there’s such a lovely, elegiac quality to O’Connor’s tone and tempo that it’s hard not to be swept up in the details of Saoirse’s life … she’s wholly believable as such thanks to the well-judged writing. There’s a lyrical, grounded quality to her story, like an old Irish folk song or an ancient epic poem. Saoirse may be a young girl, but she’s also a bard, the keeper of her own tale, which keeps the heroine’s late show of strength from veering into something overly sentimental. Exeunt Magazine
Not recommended for people under 14.