Clontarf locals new drama to be part of IMRAM at Smock Alley

by Rachel Cunningham
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Clontarf native Ciara Ní É’s new spoken word drama ‘Grindr, Cider and Cher’ is to feature as part of Irish Language Literary Festival, IMRAM on Thursday, November 17th at Smock Alley. 

The work features three interwoven monologues, from three LGBTQ+ characters, with three different perspectives on one fateful night at a city gay bar, a Kate Bush retrospective with a difference, as Gaeilge, performed by the ethereal voice of Caitríona O’Leary on Friday, November 18th, and multi-media science fiction show, ‘Tinte na Farraige Duibhe’, on November 19th directed by Eoin P. Ó Murchú.  All taking place at Smock Alley Theatre. 

Ciara is a bilingual writer, performer and activist, chosen as one of the Irish Examiner’s ‘100 Women Changing Ireland in 2022’. 

She is currently Artist in Residence with the Dublin Fringe Festival and was Writer in Residence at DCU 2020 while also acting as an Irish Writers Centre ambassador. 

She’s also co-founder of queer arts collective AerachAiteachGaelach (with over 70 members, the collective supports practitioners of a wide variety of art forms – playwrights, writers, musicians, drag performers and visual artists), set up with Eoin McEvoy. 

The group was chosen for the Abbey Theatre’s 5×5 series in 2020, when McEvoy and Ciara premiered an immersive theatre piece at The Dublin Fringe Festival 2021. Ciara’s first short film is in pre-production, the script of which won the 2022 Físín short film competition, and her first poetry collection will be published in autumn 2023.

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