Irish Writer and Actor puts Eating Disorders and Addiction Centre Stage in a new One-Woman Show.
glór is delighted to present the premiere of Sweet About Me, written and performed by Ennistymon based playwright and glór Associate Artist, Jacinta Sheerin. Sweet About Me is a new one-woman show which premieres in glór Ennis on March 6th, 2019, before touring to Limerick, Drogheda and Dublin.
Set in an addiction treatment centre over the course of four weeks, the play is an honest, emotional, and warmly funny play about addiction and the road to recovery.
Sheerin introduces us to a series of five patients each with their own stories and secrets. They are seen through the eyes of 18-year-old Bernadette Fagan who has an eating disorder, a controlling mother and a body image to die for. As Bernadette encounters characters battling with demons who will test, enrage and push her to her limits, she realizes that she too has a voice of her own.
Sheerin has loosely based this fictional story on her own experience of eating disorders and the issues she herself faced getting treatment for her addiction. By casting a spotlight on this subject, she hopes to create conversations about guilt, addiction and recovery.
County Clare’s flagship Arts Centre, glór, is placing theatre squarely at the heart of its programme and is about to launch a programme of co-productions with some of the country’s most respected theatre makers. The first production that credits glór with such support is Sweet About Me.
More about Jacinta Sheerin
Dublin’s Jacinta Sheerin fell in love with theatre when she joined Dublin Youth Theatre at 15 and has been involved with the theatre ever since as an actor, writer and producer. She is well known to national audiences through her successes with Waiting for IKEA and I’m not ADHD I’m BOLD, as well as the 2018 touring production of Holy Mary by Eoin Colfer. This is her first solo show.
Recently Jacinta moved with her partner and 2 young children from Inchicore in Dublin to Ennistymon in the heart of Co. Clare, and in summer 2018 Jacinta was announced as an Associate Artist at glór. She has been working on Sweet About Me with the team there for the past few months and the premiere of the production in Clare will be a key element of her residency.
“The decision to move to Clare made so much sense“, says Sheerin, “My partner, Stephen and I were really thinking about where we wanted to raise our two little boys and Clare won out hands down“. The attractions of a laid-back country lifestyle are manifold for any parents of young children but when both parents are artists, the benefits of living west of the Shannon are duplicated. “I am so lucky to have the fantastic team at glór as supporters and theatre collaborators. The quality of life in Clare is wonderful, Ennistymon has so many quality restaurants and coffee shops, fantastic walks, galleries galore, great bars and, of course, there’s the beach – loads of beaches. The atmosphere has really helped me sustain my creativity and writing.”