Culture Night September 22nd
The Playground, Con Smith Park, Cavan Town
World Premiere of Busyness, A special Culture night Commission for Cavan Arts
This site specific 4 person show is physical theatre taken to new levels with contemporary circus, dance and comedy created by Kim Mc Cafferty for The Playground at Con Smith Park. Acrobats, actors and dancers invite you to take a fresh perspective on our societies glorification of being busy. What happens to four idiots who’s childhood dreams have been forgotten and replaced by fantasies of becoming employee of the month? When an adult work place becomes the playground?
Warning this show may make you
(a) quit your job and book a holiday immediately
(b) at the very least buy a hammock
An exploration of the fine art of the need to sometimes, do nothing through contemporary circus, dance, comedy, kick ass music and the Cavan Town Playground.
“Busyness” The Cast
Ali Stanger (UK)
Originally from an artistic gymnastic background, Ali studied at the National Centre for Circus Arts, London, where she specialised in hand-balancing. She then went on to perform and create within an English Circus theatre company called Les Femmes Circus, touring to Brighton Fringe Festival, Perth and Adelaide Fringe Festival Australia among others. She is currently working in Ireland performing in Busyness and touring with Tumble Circus (Belfast). Ali takes excellent photos of slugs being romantic.
Henrik Gard (Sweden)
Henrik’s artistic and acrobatic career began as a competitive gymnast in Sweden in 1995 where he was ranked number 15 nationally. During a long spell travelling the world in his twenties, he met some street performers and began performing with them in an acrobatics show on the streets of Southeast Asia and China. Henrik has toured professionally with many contemporary circus companies in Ireland in Europe including Fanzini’s, Tumble Circus and created his own show for Dublin Fringe 2015. Henrik is founder and creative director of the Irish Acrobatics Convention which is now in its third year and last year
travelled to Palestine to teach and perform with youth groups there. Henrik sailed to Ireland on his boat where he lives now.
Tony Mahon has been involved in contemporary circus arts in Ireland for 11 years. He spent 2 years in full time professional circus training at the Escola de Cirque Rogelio Rivel, Barcelona and returned to Ireland in 2005 since when he has been performing and teaching full time. Work that he creates
combines circus skills with physical comedy and his skills range form high level juggling, partner acrobatics, funambulist and trampoline. Tony has been a voluntary committee member of the Dublin Circus Project for 5 years, building, curating and devising circus and a space for others of all ages to learn and benefit from contemporary circus.
Kim Mc Cafferty (Cavan)
Kim is an actor working in contemporary circus and physical theatre. The idea for this show has been floating around her head for over two years and thanks to the kind support of Catriona O Reilly and all at Cavan Arts as well as Culture Night she has been able to bring this project to fruition. Kim has been doing cartwheels since the Saint Patricks Day parade 1993 where her career was launched with Cavan Gymnastics Club where she learned the ropes the hard way as there were a number of donkeys in the float ahead of them.