Hello lovely readers and welcome to Reeling in the Streams. Over the next few weeks I will be taking a look at some of the best episodes and interviews from Stage Door Live since our first ever live stream on April 22nd. As our dedicated fans will know, Stage Door Live, our flagship webcast, has been on hiatus over the last few weeks as we reconfigure and regenerate to make the show even better (and sustainable) for the future.
Since that very first pilot episode, we have aired 23 episodes, 22 Artists in Isolation, 18 Final Poetic Thoughts, 13 Special Feature Interviews, 10 Special Reports, 70+ live guests, 53+ featured artists and makers… 130+ guests being given the platform to share their stories on our show.
With so much material to choose from, where could I possibly start? Well, the answer came to me very quickly: Episode 19 which aired the 26th August. This episode was the first part of our Dublin Fringe Festival preview, and featured an incredible array of guests including Festival Director, Ruth McGowan. I am however, going to direct your attention to the final interview segment of that specific episode in which Kelly interviewed Theatre Artist and Director Emma O’Grady, and Associate Producer and Researcher Dr Miriam Haughton about their project Mad, Bad & Dangerous.
When we were looking through the Fringe programme to decide which shows and artists we would like to have on the show, this was number one on my list. I was thrilled when Emma and Miriam agreed to come onto the show, and as the producer of the segment, I was even more thrilled that I got to speak to both of them in advance. No word of a lie, we chatted about the project for the guts of an hour. Both were incredibly engaging guests and clearly very passionate about the project.
For those of you who don’t know, Mad Bad & Dangerous is a documentary series of interviews between influential Irish women over 70.
These women have been blazing trails for 50 years. They were moving mountains long before hashtags. The relationship that intersects age, gender and public space has never been so fraught. The need to see, hear and prioritise older people has been rendered explicitly visible. They are the ‘difficult’ women, the brass necks, the sharp, the fearless: the mad, the bad and the dangerous.
The series consists of four interviews featuring Lelia Doolin, Bernadette McAliskey, Margaretta D’Arcy, Nell McCafferty, Pauline Cummins and Jo Murphy Lawless. Needless to say, each of the interviews is utterly brilliant, insightful and inspiring. The four episodes aired throughout September and October as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival and Bealtaine At Home, and all are available until October 31st.
If you haven’t already caught them, I suggest you do so now, and, if you happen to have one in your life, I highly suggest you do so with your own ‘difficult’ woman as I did. I watched with my Mum who in her life, for a whole host of reasons was often described as ‘difficult’ and it was such a joyous experience. Although, having to press ‘pause’ every few minutes as she would describe in detail her own memories of an event or how she knew/met that person was mildly irritating, it was also amusing and entirely enlightening. It was an opportunity to share experiences and learn about my Mum’s life in a way I never had before.
If you have any favourite episodes, interviews or moments from Stage Door Live please do let us know!
PS: You all get the joke about Reeling in the Streams, right? Like Reeling in the Years, but streams instead of years? I thought it was clever…..