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!

Written and performed by Nicole Rourke. Nicole is a freelance performer, writer, workshop facilitator and tutor. She trained in theatre and facilitation in the Middle East and has performed with many theatre companies in Ireland and abroad. In 2018, Nicole premiered her spoken word collection, ‘Tea or Gin & other stories’ in New York and Berlin and toured festivals throughout Ireland. She co-wrote and performed in a spoken word theatre production entitled ‘Raven & The Crone’ which premiered at First Fortnight Festival in 2019. Nicole is an associate artist at Axis theatre currently developing a new piece of work.

Directed by Deirdre Molloy

A SoloSIRENs Production, supported by The Civic

Presented as Part of First Fortnight Festival, 2021.
First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action.

Friday 15th & Sunday, January 17, 7.30pm

On Sunday, January 17th a Post Show Discussion will follow performance at 8:30pm
Nicole Rourke (writer/performer) and Deirdre Molloy (director) share the development of Baggage from the initial concept to a 20-minute piece created for the Electric Picnic festival in 2016, and finally to a full play commissioned by SoloSIRENS, which was presented in The Civic in 2019. They will explore the various aspects and challenges of making a solo show, and what they discovered in the process of unpacking the stories that became Baggage. They will also discuss the crucial role festivals like First Fortnight and SoloSIRENs played in supporting the journey.

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