This past October I was thrilled to be one of four Cork-based artists selected to show an excerpt from my new theatre project “HEEL/TURN” at The Everyman, Cork as part of PopUp. “HEEL/TURN” is a metatheatrical, interdisciplinary piece that I’ve been developing with my frequent collaborator (and occasional sworn enemy) RedMask. It uses music, video, song, improvisation and an unnecessary amount of professional wrestling terminology to attempt to convey a sense of what it’s like to be neurodivergent, while also exploring what it means to be truly present in your own creative process.
At the Q&A afterwards I got to discuss being neurodivergent, and how my own creative process has evolved since I received my ADHD diagnosis. I spoke about how I’ve been learning to work with my disability, instead of constantly banging my head off of the obstacles that my ADHD has been, unbeknownst to me, throwing in my path for my entire life. It was incredibly cathartic and freeing to finally feel like I’m embracing my true self, after decades of wrestling with him.
Also, two young girls nervously approached me with their mom after the show to tell me that they really liked my music, and I think that it was honestly one of the highlights of my life.
I’m currently applying for funding and opportunities to further develop the piece into a full-length show, but for now here are a few great photos taken by Patricio Cassinoni on the night.