ALL THINGS CONSIDERED IT'S A NICE PLACE TO START
Project Arts Centre, Dublin Fringe Festival & Town Hall Theatre Galway, Galway Theatre Festival. 2011
Presented by Louise White and Kate Nic Chonaonaigh.
Myself and two other artists wrote thank-you letters to people that we didn’t know; a letter a day for one week to each of the 32 counties as well as 25 personal letters to friends and family members. We thanked individuals for small acts like holding the bus when we were running late, smiling hello when they passed on the street, for persevering and for being part of their communities. We explored the idea of engaging proactively and positively with strangers; what this meant and the complexities that arose from such a simple act. I developed and directed the performance for a theatre space based on our process and the reactions that we experienced.
'Last month 300 strangers throughout the 32 counties received thank you cards from us. We wanted to reach out so we wrote to them. Because things were grim we were sad and we didn't know what to do. We wanted to say thanks for letting us skip the queue that time, for being bright and different and needed and involved and for daring to be you. Writing these notes gave us hope and a reason to look up; made us think of fresh starts, new beginnings and a time for change. Now we are making a play about it and we want to share it with you. We want to change the world but we are only three. This could be a nice place to start'.
Kate Nic Chonaonaigh
Directed and Conceived by Louise White
Composition and Sound Design: Jack Quilligan
Lighting Design: Dan Bergin
MAKE Artists' Residency 2011