Camping on the Undertow

2017

A play by Barry (Frans-Willem Korsten, Edward Clydesdale Thomson and Sjoerd Westbroek), commissioned by the Irish Museum for Modern Art, Dublin. The 20 minute play was performed three times, during the performance art festival Wilder Beings Command!

Through the play we sought to explore and play out narratives that are connected to the site of the performance, through the characters of Saint Maighneann, The Duke of Wellington and John F. Kennedy. All have an obvious relationship to the history of Ireland, but in the play they also stand for attitudes with which the land can be approached: as sacred (in the case of the Saint), to be conquered (for army man Wellington) or to be overcome (in the space age dreams of Kennedy.