A girl. An empty street. A half-eaten Subway.
And you. And you passing in the rain. Turning the corner when I saw you.
A.A. is moving from Eastern Europe to the promised land of Guinness and gift shops: Dublin.
Everyone says she’ll do well ‘cause she owns slacks and knows how to spell. But it turns out that you don't just grow out of working in retail. Or get on the property ladder. Or ascend the corporate ladder. Or own a ladder... without money.
NOTCH is new solo show about sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin, exploring the links between xenophobia, mental health and homelessness. Croatian writer/actor Danaja Wass draws on her own experiences of a capital that has become increasingly polarized and daunting for people who are seen as foreign, inadequate, alien or simply ‘other’.
Directed by Madelaine Moore LADYKILLER (VAULT Pleasance Award Winner 2019), ALGORITHMS, FATTY FAT FAT (VAULT Origins Award Winner 2019)Book Now
The Thelmas is an award-winning new writing company dedicated to the development and promotion of early career female writers and theatre makers. The company comprises of founder and director Madelaine Moore and writer Guleraana Mir. At the heart of the company is the idea that female work should exist on its own merits, not be seen as somehow niche.
Devoted to empowering women to redress the equality imbalance in the arts, we support them to disrupt dominant narratives and create theatre that is big, bold and emotionally resonant. We crave authentic and bittersweet stories outside of the traditional female (BAME) stereotype and socially impactful narratives that reflect society but don’t look to solve prevalent issues. While our work often touches on some important topics, we approach these with a light touch, preferring to encourage our audiences to laugh their way into more meaningful discussion after the show.
The Thelmas are currently Associate Artists at OVALHOUSE.
Danaja Wass – writer/ actor
Danaja Wass is a Croatian performer and writer. Her short play STELLA was directed by award-winning theatre-maker Bryan Burroughs for Black Box Theatre Dublin. NOTCH was first performed as a full-length play at the Canal Café Theatre as a part of the Camden Fringe Festival 2019.
Recent acting credits include: HOW I HELPED END COMMUNISM, by Justin MacGregor (Samuel Beckett Theatre Dublin), ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA by James M. O’Connor (Theatre 36) and The Immersive WOLF OF WALL STREET by Alexander Wright among others. Danaja’s directorial debut, 48/52 by Steve Waters opened as a part of the Catalyst Festival in July 2019.
Reviews for The Thelmas' previous work:
Younger Theatre ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“blood-curdling shriek of a hit”
Upper Circle ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“As an audience we are constantly being challenged to question female stereotypes on numerous levels”
Broadway Baby ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"a smash hit at this fringe and beyond”
Broadway World ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Ladykiller is a voyage into morality.”
The Skinny ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“What is most thrilling about Ladykiller... is how the chambermaid looks and sounds just like us. She could easily be our neighbour, co-worker or friend.”
Three Weeks ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“... an eerily convincing portrait of an unhinged mind. ‘Ladykiller’ defies expectations by raising issues such as social class and the inherent sexism in the study of serial killers (all discussed through a comedic lens)"
The Stage ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Be nice to people who work in customer service” is just one of the messages in Ladykiller, a very funny and refreshingly offbeat comedy from The Thelmas.”
The Scotsman ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Director Madelaine Moore’s staging is spot-on”
The List ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“pokes at the optimism of feminist beliefs in equality and the innate compassion of women in a bracing... monologue of fierce intensity.”
“a mesmeric performance. It’s a rare treat, combining humour, horror and intelligence.”
Miro Magazine ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Madeline Gould’s script is one of the best written one-woman pieces at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe."
Mind The Blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"A compelling one-woman show that explores the imbalance between the sexes for a deadly purpose – Hannah McClean is breathtaking."
Theatre Box Blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Ladykiller is entertaining, funny, engaging, and an effective allegory for challenging gender roles in contemporary society."
To Do List ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"A bloody brilliant hymn to the dark side of a zero hours worker... "
"a political bite beneath the surface of its humour...a hilariously dark comic monologue, delivered with aplomb by performer Hannah Mclean."
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