Maire Clerkin // Show: The Bad Arm Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer
The Bad Arm Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer
Raw rhythms, tall tales, arse-clenching comedy
By Máire Clerkin
If you thought Irish dancers were curly-haired cuties, meet a scowling misfit in this outrageous antidote to Riverdance. Amid astounding bursts of rhythm and physical theatre, the convent-educated daughter of an Irish Dancing teacher in 1970s London recounts her bitter-comic tales of being a pink-haired punk in a grey city.
"Clerkin is a gifted writer-actor." Dany Margolies, Backstage Critic's Pick
"An entertaining, informative blend of storytelling makes for a fine time of theater" NYTheatre.com
'Glorious riffs of Irish dance animated impersonations and snapshot transitionsa world Clerkin captures so meticulously - GO" Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly
"Clerkin jigs among various accents and precise characterizations with ease". Time Out, Chicago
"The Bad Arm of a sure footit's the deep dish from the real deal". New York Irish Arts
Máire Clerkin (Writer, Performer). Founded Clerkinworks and The Hairy Marys in UK, and A Gaelic Gathering in California. Has collaborated with Colin Dunne, Jean Butler, Peter Sheridan, John Hegley. Choreographs, directs, adjudicates, performs, teaches internationally. Credits include Royal Festival Hall, University of Limerick, LA Music Center, Radio City Music Hall, Greenwich Dance, Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Dan O'Connor (Director). Co-founder Impro Theatre, (top 10 Best Theatre of 2009, LA Weekly), co-director for Jane Austen UnScripted, Shakespeare UnScripted and Sondheim UnScripted. Theatre credits include Improbable Theatre's Lifegame (Off-Broadway), A Christmas Carol, Horatio, and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream at A Noise Within (Best Actor award), Ferdinand in The Tempest at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Joey in The Homecoming in San Francisco.
Mitchell Roché (Technical Manager). Teaches comedy improv at Bang Theatre, Los Angeles. He has toured/ stage-managed with Máire in Ireland, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago since the show's inception in 2008.
* Adult themes, strong language, suitable for family audiences ages 12 & up
Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center (View)
1060 River St., #111 (Hwy 9)
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|