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Women's lives to take centre-stage





The lives of ordinary women are to take centre-stage at a new show in one of the south east's leading cafe theatres.

The brainchild of theatre-maker and actress Elizabeth Rose-Browne, 'Be Inspired: What Makes Women Special' features new writing and performances from a host of talented Wexford-based artists in the show at the Fusion Cafe.

Mary O'Connor, recently seen in Eoin Colfer's 'Holy Mary', takes on the role of Bee in Joy Redmond's powerful and stirring piece about autism, 'Speak'. Meanwhile, Carol Long (who is also assistant-directing Big Maggie for Wexford Drama Group) unknowingly wrote an ensemble piece for the show. Each piece was submitted following an open call, but Elizabeth discovered that while the theme was open, the pieces proved to be complementary. She is tasked with directing the piece as a whole.

She says: 'The pieces all came in separately and weren't connected in any way. But such was the beauty of the material, I was able to weave them into one single piece celebrating the strength and inspiration that we draw from the many women that we come across in our daily lives.'

The age range and backgrounds of participants is broad. In 'Forgotten' by Loreto student Aoife Beamount-Howell, she and cast members Carla Wallace and Alannah Corcoran pay tribute to the forgotten of 1916. And in 'Girl Wanted', actors Christopher Hayes, Louise Wickham-Dillon and Fiona McDermott take us on a journey back through history in Imelda Carroll's play inspired by real-life events. Elizabeth Rose-Browne, who is a director and actor, will take to the stage herself in 'The Bravest Woman In The World'; a compelling piece about a mother of eight.

Meanwhile, musician Cat Black will perform throughout, providing an evocative soundtrack to the lunchtime performance, which will take place at Infusion Theatre, Fusion Cafe, Monck Street, Wexford Town, on Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets are €7 and available on the door or in advance from Fusion. Local stage technician Kahmen Bradley is on lights.

As part of the event, the organisers are inviting members of the public to submit photos and images (copies please) to form part of a visual art piece which will be installed in Fusion Cafe as part of 'Be Inspired: What Makes Women Special'.

The photos can be of any woman who has been inspirational in people's lives - from family members to singers and/or politicians. They are seeking as many images as possible. These should be hand-delivered to the postbox inside Fusion Cafe before Friday, April 1.

Many of those involved in the show are also members of Word Play, a monthly group for actors and writers at Wexford Arts Centre, and have contributed to sister organisation New Line Theatre's many shows, including '20:14', 'Triumph'and Culture Night at Wexford Opera House.

'Be Inspired: What Makes Women Special' is produced by Alison Martin.