A massive thank you to everyone who came out and supported us!
And with that, we finish our SoloSIRENs tour of ‘Enthroned’ and ‘Baggage’!
We could not have asked for a more supportive team, thank you to the staff at all the venues we visited and everyone who helped us throughout this tour.
Princess Jenny is an everyday heroine on a quest to become a queen with a throne of her own. Along the way she needs to fend off some adversaries from both outside and within. A modern fairytale that travels the world discovering the things we need to say and what it takes to say them.
Writer/Performer - Jenny Macdonald
Director and Dramaturg - Joe Salvatore
Designer and Maker - Troy Hourie
Jenny Macdonald is a director, facilitator, performer and writer. Her solo show Enthroned premiered at First Fortnight Festival and was then programmed in the New York International Fringe Festival. In Autumn, 2019, it opened the SoloSIRENs Festival at The Civic, Tallaght.
She conceived and curated SoloSIRENs Festival to amplify women’s voices on stage and beyond. Other recent credits include as director/performer This Was Never Going to Be Normal (Deirdre Murphy/Rebecca Reilly, Galway Theatre Festival); as director Can’t See the Woods for the Trees (Doors to Elsewhere Ensemble, Rua Red Gallery); as performer Capitalism: The Musical! by Deirdre Murphy (Galway Theatre Festival, XM24 and Next Emerson, Italy); and as director/facilitator Falling by SoloSIRENs Collective as part of Abbey Theatre 5 x 5 and SoloSIRENs Festival.
She is a mentor to Freshly Ground Theatre Company and served as dramaturg on their 2019 Dublin Fringe show Ode to a Postcode. She was supported by the Arts Council of Ireland to participate in Lead Role, a development programme for women artists run by Theatre Forum and Kultur i Vast, Sweden and she is an alumnus of Dublin Theatre Festival’s artist development programme, The Next Stage.
As a facilitator she has created and/or delivered programmes in Ireland and internationally for a huge range of organisations including: Abbey Theatre Community and Education, The Ark, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Liz Roche Company and Project Phakama UK. She is an Associate Artist with Tallaght Community Arts, a tutor on New York University’s Masters in Community-Engaged Theatre and a guest lecturer in the Drama Department of Trinity College, Dublin.
This is the story of a women unpacked. The seams have burst, the lid is lifted, her secrets are out. Baggage takes us on a dark comic journey from a small town in Ireland to the dance floors of Buenos Aires. This is not a coming of age story - she is far too old for that. This is a coming of rage!
Writer/Performer - Nicole Rourke
Director - Deirdre Molloy
Dramaturg: Jessica Traynor
Nicole Rourke is a freelance performer, writer, workshop facilitator and tutor. She trained in physical theatre and facilitation in the Middle East and has performed with many theatre companies, as well as solo performances of original work for theatre/spoken word. Her work has received critical acclaim at festivals throughout Ireland, England, Scotland, Poland, Singapore, Italy and India. In Summer 2018, Nicole performed her spoken word collection, ‘Tea or Gin & other stories’ in New York and Berlin.
She co-wrote and performed in a spoken word theatre production entitled ‘Raven & The Crone’, which premiered at the International First Fortnight festival in Dublin in January 2019. Nicole premiered her solo theatre play, ‘Baggage’, which was written for and presented by the SoloSIRENS festival at The Civic Theatre in Autumn 2019. Nicole is also a trained Tango dancer and has studied Argentinian Tango in Ireland and Buenos Aires.
Outside of performance, Nicole is a highly experienced facilitator and has conducted a wide variety of Creative Writing and Creativity workshops in Ireland and abroad. She designs and lectures on a course entitled Writing The City at Champlain College study abroad programme and is co-director of Big Smoke Writing Factory in Dublin. www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com