When I read Molloy by Samuel Beckett I was taken by its absurdist nature. I was particularly drawn to the stone sequenc and I wanted to explore this idea from a feminist point of view. Beckett’s absurdist texts challenge our natural desire to make sense of things, they question our need to have order and meaning in our lives. I was inspired to create such a world to challenge these same assumptions. Watching Ban An Farraige you enter the absurd world of a woman who sucks stones. You accept the fact that this is theatre and before you is a performance. You enter her world where there is no coherent vision of truth. There is no accepted reflection of society. This strange seaside scene is an expression of her own psychological reality. The fleeting images and sounds are the outward projection of the thoughts in her head. By opening up her absurd world I wanted to show that her existence and by extension our existence, are not determined by our surroundings, history, or God’s order, etc.; but we determine ourselves, we create our own worlds by the choices we make and the things we do. Essentially we create our own reality and there is no meaning to this reality other than what we give to it.
Directed and edited by Trisha McCrae
Performance artist Catherine Clapton.
Voices: Ernest Dalton, Trisha McCrae, Roseileen Lenihan & Barry McGovern Texts by Clarence Ellis, Samuel Beckett & Trisha McCrae
Sounds by Uwe Dierksen & Trisha McCrae
Ban An Farraige