Prosperous woman in Fringe Festival play

Prosperous woman Clíona deBri is set to appear in a new play at the Dublin Fringe Festival.

Prosperous woman Clíona deBri is set to appear in a new play at the Dublin Fringe Festival.

‘Oh, Look Hummingbirds’ is described as a collaboration of several actors and actresses.

Clíona will be known to Leinster Leader readers as one half of Théâtre Rua, a theatre company formed while she was studying theatre in Canada. Théâtre Rua brought a play on the story of the Irish immigrant experience in Montreal, and which they devised while in college, to Ireland.

“Oh, Look Hummingbirds isn’t a Théâtre Rua production, but I’m involved in it as actress,” she told the Leinster Leader.

“And since it’s a devised piece with a big team of collaborators we’re all are working together!”

The new play, she explained is “about how our use of online media especially social networking - Facebook, Picassa, Twitter, etc - along with public technology such as cctv, filming - anything that records images and data is creating an online, permanent data base of our every moves and thoughts.

“But how does this correlate with real human memory? And what happens when you’re no longer in “this world”...when we’re dead...who’s going to sort out the online diary footage etc?!

“And can we use all of this in order to recreate the memory of the person?”

She added that she “got involved because of a workshop I did in Viewpoints led by the Aoife Connolly and Andrea Scott, the directors of the piece.

It’s an approach to making your own theatre piece.”

She said the directors liked how she worked from based on previous shows she has done.

“I’m quite a physical actor and allow for a lot of movement-based performance.”
The show will run from Saturday, September 8 until Thursday, September 13 at the South Studios, New Row South (just off Clanbrassil Street).

Cliona is not the only Kildare person appearing at the Fringe.

Kildare town’s Susan Boyle is also set to appear in her own one-woman play “A Wine Goose Chase”.
For more information, dates, times or venues for this, and other Fringe Festival see www.absolutefringe.ie

Conor McHugh