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First Fortnight festival director Lenny Abrahamson. Photo: Larry Busacca

First Fortnight festival director Lenny Abrahamson. Photo: Larry Busacca

Martha Lynn ringing in 2015 at the NYF Three Countdown Concert at College Green. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Martha Lynn ringing in 2015 at the NYF Three Countdown Concert at College Green. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Kieran Harnett

First Fortnight festival director Lenny Abrahamson. Photo: Larry Busacca

Comedian Eleanor Tiernan is continuing her one-woman crusade to end our national sense of shame by taking comedy show The National Therapy Project on the road.

"It's sort of like a national car test but for your soul," she explained. "The Irish Government asked me to do it."

During the course of the show, Tiernan counsels audience members through some of the country's collective traumas -from Louis Walsh's presence on X Factor to the wrong chap eating the salmon of knowledge.

"I'm just trying to make the pain go away," she said. Tiernan's show is being staged as part of mental health arts festival, First Fortnight, of which director Lenny Abrahamson is a big fan.

In fact, Abrahamson launched the nationwide tour of movie Frank to run in conjunction with the festival at Dun Laoghaire's Pavillon Theatre this week. "I love the ethos of First Fortnight," he said at the opening gala.

Abrahamson has just returned from Canada, where he was busy shooting the film adaptation of Emma Donoghue's The Room starring Brie Larson. Once he's got that done he's set to work on Sarah Waters's post-war ghost story, The Little Stranger. "It's certainly a busy start to the year," he said.

- KBK

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