Dressed for Space
By Patrick J O’Reilly
Performance for Rotterdam DakenDagen
Jack has arrived in Rotterdam. Fully prepared. Wearing a DIY spacesuit and carrying a torch, a telephone and speaker, he has been communicating with extra-terrestrial beings for many years. He is now awaiting their arrival on to the Hoffpoort rooftop. With you. But in reality, Jack is worried. Really worried. He needs to tell you his story. Jack has to tell the truth. About who he really is. He needs to tell you about the recent body snatching and the possible invasions. It’s not the first time he has been on a rooftop talking to aliens and hopefully in Rotterdam they will make their long-awaited appearance!
Dressed for space is an absurdist comedy about city rooftops, fantasy and freedom. It is a story that touches on the acceptance of ourselves, being comfortable in our own bodies and minds and the aspiration of feeling connected with our collective space. The rooftop is the place to look beyond what we know, what we feel and dream a future not yet spoken. Dressed for Space is a story for Aliens… which means for everyone…because we are all alien.. depending on how you view yourself and others.
Patrick is a multi-award winning writer, director and performer, based in Belfast Northern Ireland. He trained at the Le Coq school in Paris and is Artistic Director for Tinderbox Theatre Company in Belfast. Patrick developed the work with Rotterdam DakenDagen and ECRN artist residency in 2022 and is thrilled to present the play at this years festival.
Performances: 2nd/3rd June
Posted on 26 April 2023