Monday, April 19, 2021, 21:30 EET (GMT +02:00)
Director: Sinéad O’Donnell-Carey / Ireland
Actor: Tamara Popescu
Episode: Day 2. Story 9
about the Director
Sinéad O’Donnell-Carey is a theatre maker from Donegal, Ireland. Trained in theatre design, Sinéad explores digital media technology for theatre and performance art, combining visual art practices with the body in the space. With interests in site specific and responsive theatre and installation, Sinéad is the artistic director of Fidé which is currently focusing on former psychiatric asylums in the North West of Ireland, revealing histories in these socially matrixed places using digital media, information art, witness verbatim with ensemble and ethical devised performance. Sinéad is also currently developing and directing children’s theatre performances Dr. Proctor and Alice in Wonderland.
Previous design work includes: Alice in Wonderland (Combarro, Murvagh Forest, Donegal, August 2020), Irish Food. A Play. (Dublin Fringe Festival, September 2019 + 2020 Irish Tour – Cancelled due to the pandemic), May the Road Rise Up (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Northern Ireland Tour, C21 Theatre Company, 2018, Brussels, and Melbourne, Australia Tour 2019), Meet Me in the Gardens (Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Shiva Productions, 2018), The Sword and the Sand (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Rawlife Theatre Company, 2018), Room and Jimmy’s Hall (Production Assistant, Abbey Theatre, Dublin 2017), Ulysses (Puppetry Assistant, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2017), Let the Right One In, (Blood Special Effects, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2017), The Unmanageable Sisters (Costume Assistant, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2017), Porcelain (Production Assistant, Peacock Theatre, Dublin, 2017), Oliver! The Musical (DYMT August 2019), Jesus Christ Superstar (An Grianan Theatre, Donegal, DYMT, 2018), At the End of the Day (The Balor Theatre, 2018), An Other Playboy (Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2017), Phantom of the Opera (An Grianan, 2017), The Plough and the Stars, Kathleen Mavourneen (Sligo 2016), Marian and Joseph: A Revolutionary Love Story (Sligo and Samuel Beckett, Dublin 2016), An Triail, (The Abbey Arts Centre, 2015 and 2017), Les Misérables (Bosco Productions 2016 and 2017, O’Reilly Theatre 2018) and many more productions in the North West.
Sinéad has an MA in Film & Theatre from NUI Galway and BA in Performing Arts and Theatre Design from IT Sligo. She was on the committee for the Irish Prague Quadrennial team 2019 and exhibited her work in the Irish Student and Graduate section of the PQ. Sinéad was the Yeats Design Resident in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin for 2017 to 2018. Her performance art piece Thick Skin was performed at the Research in Real Time conference at the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway in May 2017.
Sinéad is extremely grateful to be representing Ireland for this ambitious project and looking forward to creating new partnerships with Romanian theatre artists.
about the actor
Tamara Popescu was a student of the actor Dem Rădulescu’s first graduating class (IATC, 1977). She is one of the great actresses of the Craiova National Theatre, an explosive comic force, as well as an artist of great sensitivity and versatility, both in theatre and in television. After a few years she had spent at the ”Mihai Eminescu” Theatre in Botoșani, in 1981 she was hired by the ”Marin Sorescu” National Theatre in Craiova, whose Honorary Fellow she became in 2018.
She says theatre is her way of loving life, and the hundreds of roles she has performed throughout her impressive career are proof of that – these include exceptional collaborations with great directors such as Silviu Purcărete, Robert Wilson, Mihai Măniuțiu, Peter Schneider, Mircea Cornișteanu, Theodor-Cristian Popescu, Radu Afrim etc, as well as with representatives of young generations of theatre creators such as Bobi Pricop and Dragoș-Alexandru Mușoiu.
Julius Caesar, Rhinoceros, The Twelfht Night or What You Will, The Chairs, Nameless Star, Oresteia, Ubu rex with Scenes from Macbeth, Animal Farm, The Human Voice are only a few of the most important performances in which her talent has shined.
Being immensely grateful to the audiences and to her colleagues on stage, during the current season, Tamara Popescu is playing in performances of extremely different visions which represent challenges for her vivid imagination, her playful spirit and her nuanced talent. She is Aneta Duduleanu in The Jays by Al. Kirițescu (directed by Alexandru Boureanu); The Old Woman in If We Thought Out Loud by Adnan Liugonic (directed by Radu Afrim); Ana Semionovna in A Month in the Country by Turgenev (directed by Cristian Juncu); Laura in Mars Operation by Alexa Băcanu (directed by Dragoș Alexandru Mușoiu); Voice on the phone/an appearance in the bar in Talk Radio by Eric Bogosian (directed by Bobi Pricop) or A pacifist in Ajax. An Essay on Dementia after Sophocles (directed by Mihai Măniuțiu).
Together with the Craiova company, led by Emil Boroghina, she has taken the story of the Romanian theatre in Silviu Purcarete’s cult performances, on the world’s great stages. As a follower of several generations of famous actors, she is, in her turn, generous with the young talented actors who are her colleagues on stage, and whom she guides graciously toward the shared joy of living together several lives within one life.