GAA MAAD by Aine O’Hara & Vickey Curtis and directed by Niamh McCann, was performed at Bewleys Cafe Theatre as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2019. This is a piece of work about the GAA, about the history and the community but also about the difficulty in loving a sport and loving a community that quite often hates and abuses you.
*Part of DUETS: a new writing initiative from Dublin Fringe Festival, the Irish Theatre Institute and Fishamble.
*Winner of the Outburst Queer Fringe Award 2019
*Selected for Galway Theatre Festival 2020
The Birthday Party is a series of performances about how the place you’re from shapes who you are, whether you like it or not. An investigation of changing attitudes to mental illness in Ireland. These are birthday parties for people who could not celebrate themselves.
Performances of The Birthday party took place as part of The Theatre Machine turns you on at Project Arts Centre, Live Collision International Festival at Project Arts Centre, Scene and Heard Festival at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin Live Art Festival and at IMMA as part of the VAI Get Together.
WORK IN DEVELOPMENT As part of my residency at A4 Sounds I have started a peer support group, a space where chronically ill people can meet each other, relax, and talk about our experiences, (or not). As part of this project I am posting and emailing colouring book pages based on my healthcare experiences to members of the group.
Art Against the Odds was two days of conversation, workshops and live art/performances on how to survive as an artist and maker in Dublin today at MART Rathmines in 2019. I created this idea and then curated the programme along with my collaborator Tara Carroll. We programmed artists who did not have a formal education, artists who had experienced homelessness and focused on presenting work which is not usually seen in galleries in Dublin. We also held a seminar on how to get funding and the funding available to artists. I created a social media campaign to go along with this event.
During my short residency at Ps2 Gallery Belfast (MAY 13TH – MAY 15TH 2019) I began developing a series of works investigating the political history of Gaelic Games in Ireland. This work is rooted in my love of both GAA and art and is an exploration of the preconceptions and often misconceptions we have about people who love sport. I am particularly interested in the parallels of Gaelic Games and activism in Ireland both historically and in recent years.
I wanted to expand my research to Northern Ireland especially as this year the GAA launched a five year plan to increase engagement across Belfast. I used the residency to interview players, film these interviews and create live performances in response.