Joanne Ryan’s acclaimed, multi-award winning show is a funny, tender and moving exploration of reproduction in 21st-Century Ireland. Looking down the barrel of her final fertile years, one modern Irish woman goes on a comical quest to uncover the ifs, hows and crucially the whys of reproducing her genes.
Mixed animation with stand-up, monologue and hilarious recorded interjections from Ryan’s mother, Eggsistentialism takes a light-hearted but unflinching look at one of life’s most compelling dilemmas: should making a life for oneself involve making another?
Joanne Ryan, writer performer, is a multi-award winning Irish actor, voice over artist and playwright. Her solo multimedia show Eggsistentialism, (writer and performed by Joanne, directed and developed by Veronica Coburn) premiered in Belltable, Limerick and Dublin Fringe Festival in 2016 and was presented as part of Culture Ireland’s Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 where it enjoyed critical acclaim and won a Lustrum Award, a Best Storytelling Bouquet and The Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award.
Joanne has toured the show to Cyprus becoming the first Irish theatre maker to present work there. Significant national and international touring of the show is planned for 2018. In addition to her work as a playwright and maker, Joanne has performed on stage with many companies in Ireland and in 2014 she was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Her work on TV includes playing bunny boiler Grace Gallagher in Irish soap opera Ros na Rún and her other film and TV work includes Malartú Intinne and An Chúirt (TG4), Sgt Mattie, A Rebel Act (RTÉ) and Day Off (Behind the Scenes).
Veronica Coburn, dramaturg/director
Neil O Driscoll, animation
Sin ad Diskin, sound design
Pauric Hackett, set and lighting design
Su anne Keogh, costume design
“Close to a Masterpiece: intelligent, thoughtful, wry, funny and above all, loving”
The Independent on Sunday
“Impeccable comic timing and captivating stage presence”
The Irish Times
“Important,,, relatable… elevates a thoughtful personal piece into something universally political”
Best Storytelling Bouquet Edinburgh
Winner Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award
Winner the Lustrom Award for Best Festival Moment
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