110% Funded


Target: €5000


€5,511 Raised


69 Funders

The Goddess of Liberty

By Guna Nua Theatre Company


The Work

This Gúna Nua commission by Karen Ardiff and in association with the Civic Theatre Tallaght, tells the story of two Irish immigrants in gold-rush Alaska. The gripping storyline is set in an archetypal boom-bust town. Frankie and May are waiting anxiously for May’s daughter T-Belle to return from her claim in the Chilkoot pass. But the gold seams are drying up, Frankie isn’t well and there are secrets and surprises everywhere; under the floorboards, down on the docks and in their heads. The Goddess of Liberty tells the story of four women on the edge of the world and is by turns hilarious, moving and heart breaking.

Karen Ardiff is a renowned actor having performed numerous times in both the Abbey and Peacock theatres. She has also worked with RTE, BBC and TG4. This is Karen Ardiff’s first play since her critically acclaimed novel The Secret of my Face which received rave reviews:

The Secret of my Face is an interesting, original and confident book and Ardiff a welcome new voice” The Sunday Independent

Karen Ardiff is a talented writer and The Secret of my Face is a strangely haunting book” Irish Mail on Sunday

A powerful debut novel – the characters stay in the mind of the reader long after the book has been closed”  Bookview Ireland

The Company

Gúna Nua is an award-winning theatre company founded in Dublin in 1998. Gúna Nua is passionate about producing contemporary pieces by Irish playwrights and strives to use modern theatre techniques to tell vibrant, dynamic and entertaining stories.

The company is also conscious of presenting work with themes that are relevant to our modern world. This November Gúna Nua produced Shay and Aisling’s Stories, works based on the concept of forum theatre that are centred thematically on the lives of the homeless. The genre of forum theatre allowed clients at Focus Ireland to actively participate and offer inspiration from their perspective. The Goddess of Liberty also depicts themes relevant to modern day life including emigration, speculation and economic meltdown.

Over the past 13 years, Gúna Nua has toured on both a national and international level and along the way, has won several prestigious awards. These include the Stewart Parker Award, the Best of Edinburgh Award and numerous awards at the Dublin Fringe Festival.  Artistic Director of Gúna Nua Paul Meade is a writer, director and actor. His work as a director includes the award winning Little Gem among others. His work as a writer includes Skin Deep, Scenes from a Watercooler and Trousers.
This is the seventh collaboration between Gúna Nua and the Civic Theatre.

The Money

Thank you for considering donating to this worthy cause. Your generous donation will be used on all aspects of production for The Goddess of Liberty. With your help, the play will be performed in the Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar 1st-18th February 2012, the Civic Theatre Tallaght 21st-25th February 2012 and the Belltable Limerick 29th February-3rd March 2012.


Thanks so much for your help,


The Gúna Nua Team and Karen Ardiff



Its reward time....

Now that we've successfully reached our target on :fund:it, which by the way was all thanks to YOU!, we have begun the process of rewarding your generosity as promised. An email will have been sent to the address that you provided when you funded the project. Please check this as it provides details of your reward. If you have not received this email please let us know on admin@gunanua.com We are looking forward to the show and hope to see you all there :)

So close yet so far away!

With four days left in our campaign and another €800 to raise we are pledging one final time for you help to reach our target of €5000. You can help simply by promoting this project on your facebook and twitter accounts as well as by word of mouth. Simply copy and paste the link! For everyone who has funded us thus far we would like to extend another special thank you, without you it would not be possible to fulfill our mission to produce The Goddess of Liberty to its full potential this February.


Well we've reached the 50% milestone and we are so grateful to all of you who helped us to get there! Only 14 days left now so we need one last push.....please continue to spread the word about Guna Nua and The Goddess of Liberty and FUND FUND FUND :)

Getting there.....

Well we have nearly reached the half way point with a generous €2,160 donated towards this initiative so far. Thank you to all our funders thus far! It is uplifting to see such wonderful support for the arts, and in particular theatre, in Ireland. Please continue to promote this project so that we can fulfill our plan to produce The Goddess of Liberty in February 2012 :)

Fund, fund, fund......

We're up to a whopping €1,030! Still another bit to go so continue to spread the news. A huge thanks to all our funders!!!!


Thanks to our funders we now have €890 raised towards the production of The Goddess of Liberty. Thank you all so much for your generosity :)

Let the funding begin.....

A huge thank you to our first two funders, we have raised €140 so far! Please continue to fund The Goddess of Liberty.... only 37 days to go :)

funders (69)

There are 63 public funders of this project

There are 6 anonymous funders of this project