I am a Home Bird—It’s Very Hard

Venue: Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Website: http://www.projectartscentre.ie/programme/whats-on/1247-i-am-a-homebird-its-very-hard Price: €12/10 Date: April 6th-16th, 2011 Time: 8:15 pm (matinée 3:00 pm)


Talking Shop Ensemble and Shaun Dunne present the much hyped youth response to Ireland’s contemporary and tragic wave of emigration. A production written by the youth of Ireland, for the youth of Ireland—it grapples with the hard questions of life post rip-off Republic, when everyone is dying to get out and those left behind are wondering why and how to defend their choice to stay. “We need to know; should we stay or should we go? A conversation with a city that feels empty. A post card from the ones who couldn’t stay. Trapped between Terminal 2 and a very hard place. We feel like Nadine Coyle and are caught in a rat race- we need to know; should we stay or should we go? Born off the back of one too many going away parties I am a Home Bird is about emigration, about not only deciding to leave but also about choosing to stay in a place that other people have lost faith in.”

Shaun feels like he has to emigrate, but he really wants to stay.
He is 22.

He is from the North Inner City.

He has a degree,

Since he graduated, he has been watching everyone he grew up with emigrate, one by one.

Shaun grew up with his twin sister, and just this month, she has left Ireland for a new life in Australia. Over the last two years, Shaun’s friends have left for Germany, England, Scotland and France.

Shaun wants his generation to give Ireland one more chance. Sometimes he feels like he’s fighting a losing battle.

He doesn’t want us to give up. He doesn’t want YOU to go.

He has a lot to say- so he has written a play, and he performs in it too… Riffing on pop-culture parallels and with perhaps one too many references to Girls Aloud- Shaun is trying to start a movement.

I am a Home Bird (IT’S VERY HARD) is a conversation. It’s a letter from a member of “the forgotten generation” to the country that he loves. A country that expects to lose 50,000* citizens by the end of this year alone.

Are we fucked? Or are we just fucking off?

It’s time we sat down and talked this through.”

Contains some strong language.

There will be a post show discussion following the performance on 13 April.




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