Joanne To Finish Tour Of Critically-Acclaimed, Multi-Award Winning Play In Siamsa

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Joanne Ryan.

A LIMERICK-BORN writer/performer with strong connections to Tralee and north Kerry, will bring the tour of her multi award-winning play to a close in Siamsa Tíre this Saturday night.

Fresh from critically-acclaimed runs in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Malaysia, Cyprus and an award-winning tour in Australia, ‘Eggsistentialism’ is a comedic piece of new Irish writing; an autobiographical journey charting the madcap odyssey Irish writer/performer Joanne Ryan embarked upon whilst trying to decide whether or not to have a child in her final fertile years, told through the prism of Ireland’s reproductive health history.

Joanne said she is looking forward to coming to Tralee, especially as she has a strong connection to the area.

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“My father, Padraig O’Connor was from Tralee and his father, my grandfather, was Kerry North TD Johnny Connor,” said Joanne. “His daughter, my aunt Kathleen, was also a TD for Kerry North and was just 21 when she was elected becoming the youngest TD ever at the time. It’s very special to me to be able bring Eggsistentialism to Kerry for the first time now and to be finishing the tour there.”

Mixing animation with stand-up, monologue and hilarious recorded interjections from her 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?

With a playful, inventive approach to both text and form, the show tackles serious subjects like the social and personal implications of procreation, overpopulation and the endemic gender inequalities in parenting and childcare, with a compelling personal anchor and light, comedic touch.

The show has won many awards including; Best Storytelling Bouquet, Edinburgh Fringe 2017; Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, Edinburgh Fringe 2017; The Lustrum Award for Best Festival Moment, Edinburgh Fringe 2017; Strollers Touring Network Award 2018; Critics’ Pick Award, Sydney Fringe 2018 and Nominated Best Performance, Melbourne Fringe 2018.

It’s also received rave reviews from critics in Ireland, the UK and Australia. To find out more about the Siamsa Tire performance and ticket information, click here

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