Ahead of her performance of Longing Lasts Longer on the Abbey Theatre's Peacock stage, we asked New York's undisputed queen of the underground, Penny Arcade, #FiveQuickQuestions about how she defines her work, gentrification, and what we can expect from her show.
1. Describe your show in 5 words.
Funny, poetic, rock and roll. (Technically, these are five!)
2. You gave us a taste of what to expect from your show at the Abbey Theatre’s Theatre of Change Symposium in January, but what can the audience expect from your very own full-length gig?
My work has always been hard to explain or pigeonhole because I work in a lot of forms in one show ... you can never anticipate what comes next. But this is what you can expect and thousands of punters will back me up: You will NEVER have seen a show like a Penny Arcade show. I respect the audience and never talk or play down. It is comedy you can dance to; it is poetic philosophy that will make you think I changed your life! Of course I cannot do that, but I can present you with a context in which to reconsider some stuff.
3. You talk about the gentrification of New York and its obsession with cupcakes but what do you think about Ireland and Irish culture?
I watched Dublin undergo gentrification and hyper-gentrification in the 90s.The reality remains - everywhere is becoming the same. I adore Ireland because the Irish value truth, poetry and resistance against hypocrisy. I can tell you this: As a writer, there is no greater experience than my words being heard by an Irish audience. That is religion and there is no greater audience for my comedy - that is a sacrament.
4. What are you hoping the audience will take from Longing Lasts Longer?
Longing Lasts Longer is designed to support the audience's individuality, authenticity and to fight the increasing mediocrity swamping us.
5. Are there any other works you’re excited to see at this year’s Tiger Dublin Fringe?
I am eager to see lots of new Irish writing and comedy!