Sunday, May 20, 2007
The Second Coming of Joan of Arc
I had loads of tickets to the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival this week because Nadine from The Kiosk on Phantom asked me and Dermod Moore aka Bootboy (who is one of my favourite columnists EVER) to review it. Unfortunately I had no voice all week, so I had to cancel my part in this plot, which I was really disappointed about because I really wanted to meet Dermod and tell him that I have read his stuff forever. Oh well, another time, maybe.
Anyway, I was too sick to see most of the plays, apart from The Boy Who Fell Off the Roof early on in the week. Last night, I had nothing much to do however, so I went to see the play that I most wanted to catch at the festival in the Teacher's Club theatre in Parnell Square - The Second Coming of Joan of Arc - and it was fantastic. Carolyn Gage is such a captivating actor. Her performance was intimidating at the start, such was her presence, but after that I was completely sucked in. It would take me forever to describe all of the elements of the play (did anyone else see it, or any others during the festival?) but personally, I found it really inspiring and I was so glad I went along, even though I didn't feel the best last night and almost just sat at home eating Mini Eggs and watching Melrose Place DVDs.
The gala night of the festival is on tonight at the Temple Bar Music Centre, so if you are hanging around town and not going to see New Young Pony Club at the Village, may I suggest this? Tickets are just €14, and it's so important to support independent festivals. Can you believe this fantastic festival gets no funding from the Arts Council. Now, I wonder why that is...
Happy Sunday, and well done Galway!