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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Temper-Mental MissElayneous (Elayne Harrington) tells us about Gina Devine

Temper-Mental MissElayneous (Elayne Harrington)

Temper-Mental MissElayneous
(Elayne Harrington)

I am so pleased that Gina doesn’t reflect a sore parody on real proletarian grievances.  Every honest morsel;  a motion,  a fading thought,  a creeping smile -evokes truth.  I feel her joyriding growing pains,  as if they are my own.  Her  justified anger  versus  tame humility is my endeavour.  She invites me in, with open arms and balled fists, to her worldly aura.  Trusts  me.  Teaches  me. Tells me to be unafraid  by  bearing  her own unbridled  fear,  adorned in her caricature-esque bravado.  An  honourable  exchange.

Amy Conroy allows us to access an intimate view of rawness through Ginas’ eyes.  Blows to her esteem, we take personally. We become involved, willingly.  She plots tender hearted vengeance and we accompany her,  armed  with the fervour,  she,  herself emanates.  Feeling  her  war  wounds.  Seeing  her  battle scars, radiant and proud.   A depiction of parental role reversal with an inspirational  dignity.  Past, present and future dwell together,  paradoxically,  in harmony via tempestuous means.  A living, breathing,  growling,  collage-framed by the thick air of omnipresent power.

Holistic.  Proportional.  Righteous.

Eternal Rising Of The Sun – theatre that shames vibrant to pale, tempts  thoughts  to tangible, entices  emotions  palpable.

This production presented by  HotForTheatre  filled up the cathartic hole of hunger in my soul.

She is to me, who Michael Jackson is to Gina.
Never  have  I  meant :  “not  to  be  missed”  more.
Theatre that,  not only reminds you who you are,  but that you are alive.

Temper-Mental MissElayneous
(Elayne Harrington)
April 2013

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Civic Theatre patron on Eternal Rising of the Sun

The Civic Theatre asked one of its loyal patrons, Darren Casey, to preview  “Eternal Rising of the Sun” in advance of its arrival at the Civic Theatre at 8pm Wednesday, 24th April, the opening of our national tour – HotForTouring.

Eternal Rising of the Sun at the Civic Theatre Tallaght, April 24th as part of HotForTouring 2013

Eternal Rising of the Sun at the Civic Theatre Tallaght, 8pm Wednesday April 24th as part of HotForTouring 2013

Please take some time to read his thoughts on the play:

‘I have just had the extreme pleasure of watching ‘Eternal Rising of the Sun’ – written by and starring Amy Conroy. This is a truly remarkable adaptation of an insight into one woman’s life. This poor woman had to deal with everything from sexual abuse, an abusive partner, trying to fit in and raising a mixed race child just for starters. Her trials, tribulations, highs and lows are something that can be seen within all walks of life in different ways throughout Ireland. If you have not lived part of it yourself, you will know someone who has.

Amy Conroy executes this role and all of the other characters with brilliance and she is a remarkable performer. She has a great memory and an even better artistic presence on stage not to mention some pretty nifty moves. She also has the ability to switch between characters flawlessly. Without giving too much away I have no doubt that everyone that goes to see this brilliant performance will identify with the main character and the complete story.

Whether you are 16 years or age or 116 years of age, you will be glued to your seat for this one, and it definitely should not be missed. It’s got something for everybody. I personally found it extremely funny with lots of humour, sadness, realism and a sense of wanting. I am really looking forward to seeing this performance live.’ – Darren Casey

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