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5 questions for the Fringe: Denis Buckley

Each day for the 16 days of ABSOLUT Fringe 2011 in Dublin, we quiz the creatives on how they work, why they work – and their tips for the festival.

IN TODAY’S MINI-INTERVIEW with an ABSOLUT Fringe 2011 figure, we throw five rapid-fire questions at poet Denis Buckley.

Buckley’s performance, What are Poets for (in a destitute time)? is staged tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 8.30pm at the CityArts venue.

Denis Buckley, tell us about your ABSOLUT Fringe:

Describe your shows to’s readers in 20 words:

An audiovisual Dreamtime journey as the cure for a demoralised Ireland by a fallen man who is hero now.

Do you have any special rituals you just have to carry out before a performance before the show goes on?

Find the venue.

What’s the best/worst audience reaction you’ve ever had to your work?

Worst: Stabbed with a cocktail stick during a 4 hour performance in a nightclub, (really, I was asking for it).

Best: Whitechapel Gallery when the Irishmen from the Bohola House Bar on the Bethnal Green Road came to see BOHOLA MEN and thanked me afterward.

What/who do you recommend we go see at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011?

Been sharing nights at CityArts with Brian Fleming and I would unreservedly recommend his new show Gis a Shot of Your Bongos Mister.

What has inspired you or made you happy today?

The pain of an All0Ireland defeat slowly fading.

Nutshell review of Denis’s show here>

Column: What is an artist for?>

Read more of’s ABSOLUT Fringe coverage here>

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