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The Curse of the Button Accordion

Written and performed by Sharon Mannion

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.

After receiving audience adulation at Visual Carlow, The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon; Riverbank Arts Centre; Mermaid Arts Centre; Wexford Arts Centre, The Mill Theatre, and The New Theatre, Dublin, The Curse of the Button Accordion will tour venues to be announced in Autumn 2018. More information


In Development

I Am Mrs Daisy Bates

Speckintime is collaborating with theatre maker Melissa Nolan, with support from 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, to research and develop a new script based on the life of historic Irishwoman Daisy Bates.

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.