I ♥ Alice ♥ I made me laugh, made me cry but most of all made me feel warm in my heart – Elaine Clifford

Cahersiveen native and avid iphone listener Elaine Clifford

Cahersiveen native and avid iphone listener Elaine Clifford

You fall in love with the two Alice’s immediately, you cant help it…..you are so nervous for them because they are so scared to be there.  All you want to do is go onto the stage, give them a hug and hold their hands.  Tell them they will be alright, they will get through this and that we will leave in the end having listened to them tell their tender and heartfelt love-story. 

Being lucky enough to call her a friend and growing up along side the ever acting, ever performing talented Amy Conroy (writer/actor) but not having had the pleasure of seeing Amy or Clare Barrett perform on the “real” stage I couldn’t have chosen a better masterpiece than the Alice’s for my first experience of both these actors.  Their brilliant performance as Alice Slattery and Alice Kinsella brings you on a journey of friendship and love, with laughter and sadness. You cant help but ask yourself is my relationship like theirs, a feeling of hope resonated deep in my heart because what the Alices have, I want.  Friendship to begin with but through sharing the itsy bitsy boring, mundane trials and tribulations of every day life this friendship becomes much more and in the end a simple kiss in the aisle of a shopping centre seals the fate of these two beautiful and courageous women.  
Winning the 2010 Fishamble New Writing Award at the 2010 ABSOLUT Fringe Awards was no accident….Through brilliant play writing Amy Conroy allows us to be intimate with these two characters, falling under their spell because you don’t want to miss a single word of that they have to say to each other and about each other  I ♥ Alice ♥ I made me laugh, made me cry but most of all made me feel warm in my heart.  Doesn’t matter if you are young or old, single or married, gay or straight, if you want to see a true love story then I ♥ Alice ♥ I  is a must see.

‘Have the courage to be seen …’ so says Will O’ Reilly

Will O'Reilly

Will O’Reilly

Self confessed FEEDER and top soup chef at Betelnut Café at Draíocht, Will O’Reilly, shares his thought’s on ‘Eternal Rising of the Sun’ …
Gina Devine, the outspoken, shape-throwing heroine of HotFORTheatre’s ‘Eternal Rising of the Sun’, is unhappy. Tormented by an abusive father, struggling through a teenage pregnancy and inheriting an idiotic boyfriend, Gina finds solace at the back of a local contemporary dance class. Her struggle to keep up with teacher Anton’s instructions illustrates her steely determination, a determination that has kept her afloat in a difficult life so far and she spares us nothing as she imparts her disturbing tale with humour, strength and poignancy.


I was fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of Amy Conroy, the actor/writer behind this powerful piece of theatre, during its rehearsal stage at Draíocht, whenever she popped out to me for (a much needed, I’m guessing!) coffee. Her modesty and soft Kerry accent belied the incredibly resilient, and uniquely Dublin, character that she, alongside director Veronica Coburn, were creating on a daily basis over the summer of 2011. With my interest piqued after our conversations, I went along to one of its earliest performances at the Dublin Fringe Festival. Words failed me after the stage went dark at the end of Gina’s account and I soon realised that I wasn’t alone. A stunned audience momentarily silenced by Amy Conroy’s powerful performance and trying to process what they had all laid witness to, leapt to a rapturous ovation.


I won’t lie to you; this is an incredibly upsetting play, difficult to watch at times but impossible not to. Gina, however, is a natural born story teller and she laces her account with a wicked sense of humour and some neat dance moves to boot. There is redemption, albeit difficult to swallow and an awareness that comes to Gina through the title of this piece.

‘Eternal Rising of the Sun’ has stayed with me long after its curtain fell, and the fate of Gina (and all the ‘Gina’s out there) have niggled at the back of my head ever since. Gina’s story needs our ‘courage to be seen’ and I look forward to its return to Draíocht.


- Will O’Reilly, Blanchardstown, May 2013


There are moments in this play that make you angry, fearful and ultimately hopeful – so says Jean O’Dwyer

Jean O'Dwyer

Jean O’Dwyer

Dún Laoghaire local and Pavilion regular Jean O’Dwyer previews Eternal Rising of the Sun  

“I am happy and sad all at the same time” says the character Gina Devine and I find myself happy and sad all at the same time while watching this moving piece of theatre. Amy Conroy, actor and writer, gives us 90 minutes of a thoroughly engaging performance. Familiar sounds, place names, songs are dotted throughout this play which grinds us into its shocking contemporary reality. I too watched Danger Mouse, listened to Michael Jackson, danced in my bedroom, went to The Temple nite club but not with the same horrific backdrop as Gina had. We know the signs now, we can read in between the lines of Gina’s story as it unfolds – self loathing, anger, bruising and fear, this is not a good story,  this is an epic tale of sadness set in our city, our community.
I haven’t cried at the theatre before, at a film or while watching the tv yes, but Gina’s story and Amy’s performance was utterly bewitching. There are moments in this play that make you angry, fearful and ultimately hopeful. The calibre of work performing at The Pavilion in Dun Laoighaire never lets me down and HotForTheatre’s production on May 9th is a show not to be missed.

Jean O’Dwyer, May 2013.


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