SIMON KELLY attends I’m a Homebird (It’s very hard) in Project Arts Centre
W: www.projectartscentre.ie A: 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D. 2 P: 01 881 9613
I’m a Homebird (it’s very hard) tells the story of emigration abroad from the most affected generation’s point of view. Sean Dunne, Lisa Walsh and Ellen Quinn Banville share their views on the pros and cons of how it affects not just the people moving, but their friends and family too in a rather unusual way!
Upon entry to The Projects Art Centre, I really didn’t know what to expect from this show. Walking into the ‘Cube’ and seeing the set up really threw me off as well, as it was, what looked to
be a kitchen set-up, with a young man and his two friends having a cuppa and a chat while watching the crowd roll in and take their seats.
I can safely say, it wasn’t what I expected, but even better! Sean Dunne’s excellent performance gave a great personal touch to the show. He talked to the audience as if we were an old mate he met in the pub one night. The constant references to Nadine Coyle’s troubles in Girls Aloud really set a humorous mood overall, with help from some dance routines, YouTube videos and classic hits from the 90′s.
The performance from the trio on stage was gripping and had us in tears laughing one minute, and then in a somber silence the next. I found it to be a real ‘hope for our generation’ kind of show and went out feeling optimistic (despite the miserable facts about emigration from Ireland!) So whether you’re a homebird or not, this show is for anyone up for a great night and a few laughs, I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all!
SCENEnotHERD member Simon Kelly