‘Mad, bad and dangerous’, a documentary where influential Irish women over 70 interview each other and celebrate their ‘difficulty’, is set to premiere on 15 September at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. The documentary is a tribute to women and it provides ‘a platform for older, influential Irish women to be seen and heard, with no agenda other than to create space for them to be irreverent, inappropriate and provocative’.
FROM YOUTUBE: PREMIERE LIVE ONLINE: Episode 1 featuring Lelia Doolan & Bernadette McAliskey 15th September 2020, 7pm
Among the participants for the first series are Bernadette McAlliskey (civil rights leader and former politician), producer Lelia Doolan, Jo Murphy Lawless (sociologist, feminist and activist in the childbirth movement for twenty-five years) and Pauline Cummins (sculptor, painter, performance and video artist).
The documentary will be broadcast online at rte.ie/culture in four parts throughout September and October.
The project was partially funded through a GoFundMe page where it raised €9,125 from over 160 donors. “We hope to build on that success and plan a Series 2 in 2021 and publish a companion book,” wrote creator and director, NUI Galway Drama alumni Emma O’Grady on the fundraiser page.
Dr Miriam Haughton, lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway, is the researcher and associate producer of the documentary. She praised Emma in her twitter page:
Emma previously participated in our live show ‘Stage Door Live’.
‘Mad, bad and dangerous’ is not the only premiere on the festival. Twenty one of the shows included there will have their world premieres and two will have their first Dublin performances. Despite that, the number of shows is still significantly lower than in previous years.
Fringe Fest 2020, also called ‘Pilot Light Edition’, runs between September 5th and 20th. The Abbey Theatre, Project Arts Centre and Draíocht are among the venues staging performances for the first time since lockdown began, in March. There will also be outdoor stages set up across the city, including at Dublin Castle and in Dalymount Park.
Among the shows will be Eva O’Connor’s one-woman show ‘Mustard’ which is about ‘heartbreak, madness and how condiments are the ultimate coping mechanism’, ‘Comedians in Bohemians’ which will see stand-up comedians in the stands at Dalymount Park, and the world premiere of ‘Before You Say Anything’.
In an interview for The Irish Times last month, the director of the festival, Ruth McGowan, said that the festival is about ‘forging new pathways, it’s about inspiration and discovery, and it’s about asking artists to be the thought leaders they have always been.
Tickets for the Dublin Fringe Fest shows can be bought here.