Crazy World was developed through a workshop/collaborative process with the ladies of Clonee Women's Shed, Dublin 15 and Kunle Animashaun, Theatre Artist in Residence at Draíocht, from March-November 2023. The play examined issues like marital struggles, pain, loss and identity crisis.
Crazy World was performed in Draíocht's Studio, for 2 sold out shows on 30th November and 1st December 2023, and marks the end of Kunle's residency.
"Drama can help our imaginations by transporting us to a different realm where alternatives can be imagined, and new possibilities can be pondered. This play is special to me because of the creative energy that we harnessed to make it happen. To the actors, I am extremely grateful for your passion, honesty and commitment. I have enjoyed working with you wonderful ladies and I feel really privileged to get to know you all. Indeed, people with great passion can make the seemingly impossible to become possible. It was the most amazing thing to see our hard work come to fruition, and we had lots of laughs during the rehearsals. Many thanks to the Chairperson of Women's Shed Clonee Hazel McLoughlin for her support. And sincere gratefulness to Emer McGowan, Director of Draíocht and all the team for your unalloyed support and this wonderful opportunity." - Kunle Animashaun
Dr Kunle Animashaun has a first-class Master’s Degree from University College Dublin. He obtained his doctorate in drama at Trinity College, Dublin where he currently lectures on an adjunct basis. He is the Artistic Director of Camino Productions, an Irish/African Theatre Company based in Dublin. Animashaun and Camino’s work includes creating devised work and staging plays by African playwrights. Devised work includes Fragments (Rua Red Theatre, Tallaght, 2014), a verbatim documentary theatre piece created with participants from the Intercultural Drop-in Centre in Tallaght. He’s also written a number of new plays such as Pitfalls (2008), and Drumbeats (2012). Directing work includes plays such as Zulu Sofola’s Wedlock of the Gods (Project Cube, 2007) - a postcolonial play by one of Nigeria’s most influential playwrights
In 2013, Animashaun was awarded the Samuel Beckett studentship award by Jimmy Deenihan, TD Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht. He was Artist in Residence at Tallaght Community Arts in 2014. He is the author of ‘Stand-up comedy in a multicultural setting: Between a raw nerve and a funny bone’ edited by Eric Weitz in 2014 and published in 'For the sake of sanity : doing things with humour in Irish performance' by Eric Weitz. Animashaun’s work is collaborative in nature and has been described as interculturalism-from-below in terms of its’ potential to engender intercultural dialogue and enrich socio-cultural discourse.
Kunle Animashaun is also an essayist and theatre academic, with a number of published articles to his name on intercultural theatre.
Kunle Animashaun’s Theatre Artist Residency in Draíocht is supported by The Arts Council, with additional funding provided by Fingal County Council and Draíocht.