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
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.
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