Some of you may already know that I performed my two one-man plays, Morning and Afternoon, in February, at Project - some of you generously contributed to help make the production happen. Performing the plays represented my first ever, pretty late in life, venture into acting and I am happy to say the production was extremely well received (sample review below).
I’m delighted to say also, that I have been invited to perform the plays at The Pleasance in Edinburgh as part of the Fringe Festival in August.
To perform for a month in what is probably the Festival’s prime venue represents a genuinely once-in-a-life-time opportunity for me: there will be around 200 bookers there from festivals and venues around the world and the The Pleasance Programme Director, has said she will actively be recommending the show to as many of them as she can - they tend to come to The Pleasance for advice as to what shows to see. So the production looks sure to have a life after the Festival and to be able to look after itself financially from then on.
But right now, to be able to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity and get across to Scotland for the month, I need a certain amount of funding to cover, among other things, transport, set, stage manager, accommodation, the most basic living expenses (bread and marge level!), publicity, and the various fees The Festival asks from participants.
The bulk of the necessary funding I have managed to raise and am now only short of the last 3,000 euro... I can just about manage to scrape the production across for that... but any little on top would help make things a bit easier...!
You can become part of helping me make this dream real by making a contribution (no matter how small) - it’s very quick and easy to do. Each contribution will represent a step which brings me closer to getting there; each and every one will be received with genuine gratitude; and (unless otherwise requested) contributions from 10 Euro upwards will receive a reward. (See Rewards on this page)
QUOTES FROM THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
'Morning' is a moving and impressive piece of work... a sobering, intelligent piece of theatre, beautifully performed.'
As Hinds writes and performs 'Afternoon', Danny’s lonely story becomes Everyman’s journey to a kind of compromise somewhere between limbo and heaven, both of them earthbound. It is touching, and at times, rather beautiful. It also comprises some pretty terrific acting as the author-performer creates and gives personification to two very different, entirely credible lost souls....
- Emer O’Kelly
MORNING AND AFTERNOON - The Plays
The lives of two very different men fatefully reconnect in two intensely personal stories underpinned by the social and political circumstances of Ireland’s recent past. The problematic birth of a child may create new possibilities for love, yet this fragile opportunity may as easily slip away...