Tonight, the Buffer Fringe Festival of Performing Arts in Nicosia will give plenty to laugh about, think about and come face-to-face with when award-winning Irish performer and playwright Joanne Ryan will perform her hit multimedia solo show Eggsistentialism at 8pm.
The critically acclaimed show was a big success when it premiered in Ireland at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2016. It then went on to win The Lustrum Award when it was showcased at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was presented as part of Culture Ireland’s Showcase. The show has also won Ryan the Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award and a Best Storytelling Bouquet for its performance in Edinburgh.
Ryan has an Associate Diploma in Performance from Trinity College London. She has been working in the arts for almost a decade and loves to make quality, ambitious and socially-engaged work. Eggsistentialism, which she has written, is directed and developed by Veronica Coburn.
Eggsistentialism shows Ryan in her final fertile years. As her eggs grow thin, this modern woman goes on a quest to uncover the ifs, hows and crucially the whys of reproducing her genes. In modern times she looks for modern solutions, modern answers and modern ways to get her head around it all. Trying to figure out what she will do with the little time she has left – and her eggs of course – no stone is left unturned in this journey of extremes. Family, fertility experts, fortune tellers, philosophers, daytime radio and the dark recesses of the internet – all are consulted as she tries to figure it out in this thoughtful, intelligent and funny performance.
If this very personal encounter doesn’t sound intriguing enough just with its summary, then maybe a review will. The Irish Times said “Joanne Ryan invests her journey into fertility and feminism with sparkle, self-deprecating humour and a generous helping of audio-visual technology. Of the latter, the voice of her offstage “mammy” making sharp, wry interjections is hilarious. Her impeccable comic timing and captivating stage presence carry the day.”
Ryan has performed on stage with many companies in Ireland. In 2014 she was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in What Happened Bridgie Cleary. She played bunny boiler Grace Gallagher in Irish soap opera Ros na Rún for two years and her other film and TV work includes Malartú Intinne and An Chúirt (TG4), Sgt Mattie, A Rebel Act (RTE) and Day Off (Behind the Scenes).
Now she will bring her show to our shores. She will be the first Irish theatre maker ever to present work here. Significant national and international touring of the show is planned for 2018.
As women are leaving baby-making for later, this one-woman show will make us consider the social pressures we face when it comes to parenting a child, the dilemma women face as the demands on modern lives kick in, and it may even get us to see ourselves in Ryan’s personal account – while making us laugh at her and our current egg situation.
Irish performer and playwright Joanne Ryan will perform her hit multimedia solo show. October 10. Garage, 16 Ammochostou Street, Nicosia. 8pm. Free. Tel: 22-445740