Inspired by Ireland’s recent referendum, the multi award-nominated play Vessel tackles issues surrounding women’s bodies, the legacies we inherit and the boundaries of individual choice. We had a quick chat with writer and performer Laura Wyatt O’Keeffe about her writing style and what superpowers she wishes she had.
Can you sum up your style in 3 words?
Bold, brave and funny!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
‘It takes a village’ to make, create, produce any piece of art. There have been so many people who have helped make Vessel happen, the team obviously but also so many friends have helped me out by posting on Insta or making me a tea or finding a prop or bringing me out for a pint on a Friday.
Is there a topic or artform you’d love to tackle in future?
My next show Hedonist explores sexual abuse and the stories we tell about it. It explores the idea of ‘taking back your body’ through poetry and performance and techno music and neurological science. At the moment the script has an Amazonian tribe, a heart served for dinner and a Beyoncé style Coachella moment so it’s all very epic and huge and expansive.
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
To understand every language ever spoken. There are so many words or phrases that become lost in translation. The feeling or the real sense of a word never quite make it through, like the Irish word for ‘hug’ translates to ‘hold’ and the idea of holding someone is so different to hugging someone. So I would like to understand all the languages ever spoken, to know all the intricate meanings.
That or flying, I’d definitely like to be able to fly.
Ireland 2018. Abortion is still illegal. When another pregnant woman dies Maia is forced in to action, challenging the law and demanding change. When she impregnates herself intentionally and her crusade becomes increasingly personal, she meets a journalist keen to publicise her campaign. As they get closer, hear a story that could divide a nation, win or lose a vote and make history.
Thu 26 - Fri 27 Mar
Thu 26 - Fri 27 Mar