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The Bad Arm: Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer - Theatre Asylum's Best of the Fringe
Theatre Asylum
Los Angeles, CA
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The Bad Arm: Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer - Theatre Asylum's Best of the Fringe


The Bad Arm: Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer â" a one-woman comedy with dance â" written and performed by Máire Clerkin, directed by Dan OâConnor, returns to Theatre Asylum following critically acclaimed performances at the Hollywood Fringe.  Tickets $12
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The Bad Arm â" Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer is an uproarious yet poignant one-woman play by London-Irish dancer-performer Máire Clerkin. Amid astounding bursts of rhythm and physical theatre, this ugly-duckling-never-quite-swan recounts her experiences of sex and booze and rock and roll like only a convent-educated Irish catholic girl can.  

If you thought all Irish dancers were curly-haired cutie-pies with perfect posture, meet a scowling misfit from London in this outrageous antidote to Riverdance.

Máire Clerkin jumps in and out of Irish dancing shoes, clicking and kicking her way across the stage in this percussive account of being English in Ireland, Irish in England and a pink-haired punk in a grey city. Pungent vintage photos of not-so-swinging London illustrate Clerkinâs woeful but hilarious personal history as the disappointing daughter of a successful Irish Dancing teacher in 1970s London. Clerkinâs âglorious riffs of traditional Irish dance⦠animated impersonations and snapshot transitionsâ¦â(LA WEEKLY) deliver an hour of rich, dark comedy.

âThe focal point of Clerkin's coming of age saga is her right elbow⦠a âbad armâ that her mother says is responsible for her placing poorly in competitions...keeping both arms slammed into one's body emerges as a metaphoric constriction in a world that Clerkin captures so meticulously.â  Stephen Leigh Morris, LA Weekly

âAt times poignant and at times hysterically funny.â Brooke Alberts, Folkworks Magazine

âClerkin is a gifted writer-actor.â  Dany Margolies, Backstage

âMaire Clerkinâs comic memoir of her misspent youth is one of the unexpected highlights of the Hollywood Fringe.â  Jordan Young, LA Arts Examiner

âHer wit and self-deprecating humor is both hysterical and heartfeltâ¦.Directed by Dan OâConnor, the simple staging with the mixture of dancing, projected photos and music wonderfully aids Clerkinâs flawless and magnetic stage presence. Funny, unique and great Irish dancing â" definitely a must see.â   Ashley Steed, LA Theatre Review

Máire Clerkin is founder of London-based companies The Hairy Marys and Clerkinworks Irish Dance Theatre, which toured extensively in Ireland and the UK. Credits include Dancing on Dangerous Ground at Radio City Music Hall; and Music Makers on BBC TV. She moved to California in â03, teaches and judges dance, and creates award-winning choreodrama nationwide.

Director Dan OâConnor is an actor, writer and improviser.  Co-founder of Impro Theatre (LA Weeklyâs top ten Best Theatre of 2009), he is co-director of Jane Austen UnScripted, Shakespeare UnScripted and Sondheim UnScripted.



Theatre Asylum
6320 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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