Ireland You Never Know is a spoken word piece I wrote for Glitterhole’s Dublin Fringe show 2018.
OÍCHE MHAITH – VICKEY CURTIS - Live Collision 2018
It was one of those nights in Dublin where no one knew what to do so everyone did everything, and Dame streets dripping in threat.
A twisted twenty minute walk home turns nasty when three women, sick of the show us your tits, and the stupid bitches, call a stranger out for using his rapey language towards them.
OICHE MHAITH is a poem, we want to turn it into an audio and visual experience, taking it from the page to the stage. Bringing the audience on the staggered journey home from a night out in the city centre.
This piece lives in an era of METOO. It is calling out the street harassment that is rife and getting worse. It needs to be exposed and it needs to stop.
OICHE MHAITH is a gay bashing in post YES EQUALITY Ireland.
OICHE MHAITH is raw, it’s a fact women face and fear walking home after a night out.
Finem Respice (consider an end) was presented at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2016. It was an exploration of grief and living through loss and how we deal with death. Finem Respice earned me a nomination for best performance at the Dublin Fringe Festival.
It was developed through THEATREClub's The Theatre Machine Turns You On and Smock Alley's Scene & Heard programme.
Finem Respice waws written, performed and produced by Vickey Curtis. Music by Elaine Mai. Directed by Daithi and visuals by Stephen McDevitt.
Have you ever loved, lost, and lost again? Ever wondered how you ended up here in the first place? Ever wondered how you’d get out? No news is good news but what happens when the bad news hits you? Have you ever thought about your ending? Good grief, bad times and emotional highs. How do we survive the lows of being bereaved and bereft? How do we turn darkness into light? How can we be present with our pasts? This is life verses death.
You can listen to an interview with me about the piece on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio One here.
'' Curtis recalls her emotional trauma in language that avoids all poetic description or easy cliche." - The Irish Times
"Curtis speaks in a clear language which avoids clichés, and her description of the isolating landscape of grief is recognisable even to those who have never actually been in it." - Meg.ie
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME
A Rose by any other Name was a project based around the street harassment that both men and women face every day. As a spoken word artist I aim to shed light on how the language that we use towards each other can be harmful. Using my voice and experiences alongside information gleaned from a public survey, I created a collaborative piece that took place online and live at DLAF16.
We started at The Spire on O'Connell Street and we walked a route taking in ten places where the people who took part in the survey experienced verbal abuse. The audience were free to join in at any point on the route, as a witness to the performances and the journey, which will culminated at MART Studios in Rathmines.
Stick and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. How many times can we use that mantra before we finally break? How do the negative words that we hear chip away at us? How do we make it better?
A Rose by any other name explored this on the streets of Dublin with an audience walking alongside for 2.5 hours.
You can read about an audience members reaction to it here.
I began collaborating with Livestock at their Queerstock evening in 2017.
They invited me to perform a spoken word piece and since then I have performed with them at the Dublin Live Art Festival in August 2017. We are also collaborating on further endeavours in 2018. More on that soon.
These image are from my first performance with LIVESTOCK
They invited me to perform at their QUEERSTOCK event in January 2017.
The piece I am performing in these images is entitled ÓICHE WHA. My work is rooted in experience not only of mine but those around me. It is based around social issues that react to what is happening now.
I had been attacked in Dublin the year previous and ÓICHE WHA was born of that event, and street harassment against women. You can listen to an interview about my attack on The Ryan Tubridy Show here or read about it on Joe.ie here.
My most recent outing with LIVESTOCK was a piece entitled COME TOGETHER. It was a modern day hymn. I gathered the audience around in a circle and brought them on a guided meditation through a spoken word piece I had written for the occasion. You can read about the event here.
I will be working alongside LIVESTOCK in 2018 and am very excited to be presenting work with them again.
Photo Credits: Aoife Giles
Performing COME TOGETHER at LIVESTOCK in August 2017
VICKEY CURTIS ISN'T SORRY
Vickey Curtis Isn't Sorry was performed as part of Live Collision 2016.
The performance took place in my home with a live audience.
I wanted to explore our relationship with the word "sorry" and at what point does “sorry” creep into our vocabulary? And how can we stop saying it? This performance explored the distance between a three-year-old constantly asking “why”, to a 33-year-old always saying “sorry”. How do we say sorry and what spaces do we say it in? When does it lose all meaning? What happens when we keep apologising for ourselves and what happens when we stop saying sorry. Vickey Curtis isn’t sorry for her presence any more and either should you be.
You can listen to a piece that featured on RTÉ Radio One's arts programme Arena here.
You can read about it on the RTÉ Culture site here.
Come Rhyme With Me was founded by Vickey Curtis & Una Mullally in 2012.
It was born from a want to gather up the troops and let me people vent about the state of the nation. OutHouse, a LGBT resource center approached us to host an evening with them and we thought CRWM was the perfect event for this.
We perform our own works and invite guests along to get up and shout out what they’re about on the stage with us.
Our main philosophy is that everything spoken is spoken word.
We like to include our audience in on the action as well. We make up parlor word games and interact with the audience to create a collective piece of poetry/spoken word. Our evenings are themed and one of the games we play is QUOTES! We take topical quotes from politics, pop and pretty much anywhere, number the quotes, distribute them throughout the audience, who read them out by us calling out numbers at random and assembling the quotes to form the audiences spoken word piece. We also like to make our audience fortune cookies and put inspirational ideas into them that they can carry out.
Date: Wednesday, November 8th Time: 20.30 - 22.00 Location: The Hacienda Bar in Dublin 1
Ladies on the Liffey image courtesy of Lorna McWeeney
VICTOR & GORD
You know those friends you grew up with? Went to school with? Laughed, cried, partied and pulled with? D’you ever wonder sometimes, if they’d ever just F*CK OFF? Real Life friends Vickey and Aine, aka Victor and Gord, have only one thing in common, each other. Sneaky cans. Sneaky fags. Free love. It was Ballinclea Heights. It was Killiney. Victor and Gord is a funny and moving theatrical celebration of friends and family featuring Jason Breen. Real Lives. Told by the people who live them.
Written by Una McKevitt and Cast
Le Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris 2012 Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire 2011 Electric Picnic Festival 2011 Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre 2011 Kilkenny Arts Festival 2010 Project Arts Centre 2010 Dublin Fringe Festival at PAC 2009 Queer Notions Festival 2009 Project Brand New 2009
Images courtesy of Una McKevitt
Victor & Gord
Irish Theatre Magazine ***** “McKevitt and her compatriots have crafted a piece of theatre that artfully celebrates the everyday and finds unexpected resonance in the simplest of exchanges.”
Sunday Independent “The wit, and the considerable wisdom all add up to something that approaches an existential treat, and sends you into the night with one of those rare "nice warm feelings".
**** Metro Herald “Victor and Gord is a short, sweet and simple story about the ebb and flow of human relationships with three of the most honest performances you’re ever likely to see.”
Irish Times ‘...charming, engaging and completely exploitative.’
Culch.ie "I would plead with you to go see this. You will laugh, you may cry, but you’ll definitely enjoy it."
Blessings is a spoken word piece about the abortion rights movement in Ireland.
Blessings is a spoken word piece about the abortion rights movement in Ireland.
Words/Performance: Vickey Curtis
Director: Fergal Costello
Director of Photography: Tommy Fitzgerald
Sound: Edyta Fleszar
Gaffer: Matthew Rogan
Music: Oisin Bickley
Selfie is a spoken word piece about struggling with mental health and being true to yourself.
Selfie is a spoken word piece about mental health.
Written & performed by: Vickey Curtis
Male voice: Sean Mehan
Director/Editor: Cara Holmes
FINEM RESPICE (poem)
Finem Respice (poem)
Finem Respice (poem) was a spoken word piece inspired by the play and theatre piece I wrote and performed as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival 2016.
This video was used for the promotion of the play.
Written/Performed by Vickey Curits
Directed/Edited by Fergal Costello
CLUB NIGHTS & CRAIC
I shut up and play the hits and produce club nights and craic events.
This is a gallery for those moments.
I am the resident DJ at Spinster, a once a month club for women in Bab Bobs in Temple Bar. We recently celebrated our second birthday and are looking forward to our third.
I recently directed Sahar Ali in her one woman show SAHARCASM at the Dublin Fringe 2017.
I was commissioned by the Mercantile Group to write three poems and perform them at their fundraiser for PIETA HOUSE, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and An Saol, in September 2017.
I collaborated with graphic designer Stephen MacDevitt to animate the poems and we projected them on the giant mirrors in Nolita throughout the course of the night.
Performing with the COME RHYME WITH ME crew on the Wonderlust stage at Body & Soul 2016
Performing at the Vodafone Laughter Lab at Castlepalooza 2017