Performance Artist Amanda Coogan ‘It’s in my DNA. I was brought up by two wonderful deaf people, my parents. So Irish sign language is my first language’

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Performance artist, Amanda Coogan has collaborated with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf, for a much-anticipated show in this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival ‘Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady’.  Amanda joined Seán Rocks on Arena to explain where it all began. “Formally three years ago in 2014 we collaborated for Fringe 2014 and we played in the project with …

Sahar Ali on her show, Saharcasm‘People in Ireland laugh and they joke about everything, no matter how serious it is. I think it’s a very Arab thing too’

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A new one woman show called Saharcasm, has come to town and it draws on, software developer and poet, Sahar Ali’s own experiences of living in Ireland and travelling back to Saudi Arabia, the country of her birth. Sahar joined Seán Rocks on Arena to tell him where it all evolved from. “I’m blogging for years but when I was …

Charlene McKenna ‘We’re going to take all the seats out of the theatre, we’re going to get rid of the stage, open up backstage, and I thought, Ok, this is very exciting’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The roaring twenties are alive and well in The Gate Theatre thanks to the new production of The Great Gatsby and this is like nothing you’ve seen before.  The cast will have you drinking, dancing, chatting and don’t even think of wearing your jeans.  This is one night to just say no to denim.  Sequins, dropped waists, bow ties and …

Reality meets satire on Tubridy.‘A friend rang me up and said, “I’ve got this idea”. Shall we read the Chilcott Report at the Fringe?’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Are we living in a post-satire era? It’s a question a lot of great comedians and satirists are asking themselves at the moment. Increasingly, in the world of politics and international affairs, reality is so bizarre, it almost moves past the ability to be satirised. Remember Tina Fey’s portrayal of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live during the 2012 US …