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The Curse of the Button Accordion
Written and performed by Sharon Mannion
LISTOWEL WRITER’S WEEK, St John’s Theatre, Listowel Thursday 1pm - 30th May 2019
Comedian Sharon Mannion (Bridget and Eamon - RTE) pens a hilarious show based on her worries, fears and adventures growing up in a Roscommon village.
Will she live up to the expectations of her ex-showband star father and her Midwest FM radio-loving mother? On receiving a shiny button accordion, Sharon is thrust into the local limelight. But things soon turn sour, when she starts to wonder if 'Frank the Accordion' might have her cursed.
This eventful coming of age tale explores the calamitous consequences of forging deep, complex feelings for an inanimate object.
I Am Mrs Daisy Bates
Speckintime is collaborating with theatre maker Melissa Nolan to research and develop a script based on the life of historic Irishwoman Daisy Bates. This work has benefitted from the support of The Arts Council of Ireland, Australian Council for the Arts, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Kildare County Council Arts Service, Australian Embassy to Ireland, Project Arts Centre, Riverbank Arts Centre and ITI.
Born in Co. Tipperary, Ireland in 1859 as Margaret May O'Dywer, at the age of twenty three Daisy emigrated to Australia. After marrying three times (never divorcing), she 'devoted' over 40 years of her life studying Australian Aboriginal people - their history, culture, beliefs and customs. A largely controversial figure, the consequences of her involvement in Aboriginal life are argued to this day, in recent years her vast collection of detailed records have been used as crucial evidence in the reclamation of Aboriginal native land. More information.