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ABSOLUT Fringe 2011

5 questions for the Fringe: Rose Sweeney

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 actor Rose Sweeney.

Sweeney’s show, Happening, plays at the Gresham Hotel tomorrow, every hour on the hour from 10am to 9pm!

Rose Sweeney, tell us about your ABSOLUT Fringe:

Describe your show to’s readers in 20 words:

Happening is a modern day bed-in, a nod to the past and a look to the future we can create together. Come, observe and partake in our 12-hour history in the Gresham Hotel.

Do you have any special rituals you just have to carry out before a performance/reading/exhibition?

We are an ensemble company, so we warm up together as a group. We have a focus exercise which we call ‘Hey Hey’, which has become quite a tradition before a performance. And also a lot of breathing exercises to calm any nerves.

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

The best reaction was after a show called Pigeon Racing, Advanced Techniques, which was performed in the Town Hall in Galway in May 2009. After the lights went down at the end of the show, the theatre was silent for about one minute, no one clapped or moved at all. We as performers were backstage waiting to go on for the curtain call. There was a lovely stillness and then someone clapped and everyone joined in. The audience stayed around for a while after, no one rushed away. It felt really good, like they had absorbed the show.

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

Wow, where do I begin, Man of Valour by the Corn Exchange, CULT by Diet of Worms, The Year of Magical Wanking by THISISPOPBABY, Dreams of Love by Sideshow Productions, and the list goes on…

What has inspired you or made you happy today?

Today, I was driving along the coast road from Spidéal and the sun was beaming on the sea and my friend in the car turned to me and said, ‘Janey doesn’t it look like tin foil out there’, and it really did, but it made me laugh.

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