Burning Bridget Cleary comes to Fringe Festival
Heart of Gold Productions returns to Mainline Theatre after their 2014 Student Gala Performance, Form of Flattery, for their first St Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival production.
The Stage is Set
Burning Bridget Cleary stages the true story of the last woman burned as a witch in Ireland. Bridget is too smart, too funny, and more successful than her faithful husband Michael. Driven by petty insecurities and the pressure of a small town hive mind, Michael turns against her. For her alleged crimes, Bridget suffers the hauntingly specific violence women have suffered and continue to suffer from scaring society.
The events of the play occurred in Co. Tipperary Ireland in 1895. At first, glance Burning Bridget Cleary appears to be a period piece, diving into the Anglo-Irish politics around religion, gender, and the industrial revolution. Though the practice of burning women is mostly behind us, women are still discredited, dehumanized and punished in a variety of barbaric and violent ways. Heart of Gold Productions is committed to telling strange stories of history to better understand the strangeness that endures in our present.
The final act of Burning Bridget Cleary was originally published as a poem entitled ‘LETTER #2: FROM BRIDGET CLEARY, ONE OF THE LAST WOMEN TO BE BURNED ALIVE ON ACCUSATIONS OF BEING A CHANGELING, TO BROCK TURNER’ by poet, musician and activist Emma Bleker. The language of this poem is bold and unflinchingly accusatory, with images spun of serpents, shadows and a lifted veil between this world and the next.
Actor, writer, and comedian Darragh Mondoux is the founder of Heart of Gold Productions as well as the playwright and director of this production. Her academic achievements in analyzing feminist revisionist narratives of Joyce’s Ulysses lead her from the Liberal Arts College to the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University. Fringe audiences will remember Darragh from her knockout performance as Frenchy in the Patron’s Pick Award Winning 2018 Production of Greasy: A Lesbian Love Story by Glam Gam Productions.
Bridget’s experience is brought to life by a team of Montreal stars including META Award-winning designer Zoe Roux (Set and Lighting Design), Founder of Kiss My Cabaret, Dannette Mackay (Aunt Mary) and returning to the stage as Bridget Cleary, Lily MacLean.
The 6-person cast of Burning Bridget Cleary brings her story back from the dead to Mainline Theatre at 3997 St Laurent Boulevard.
Saturday, June 8th 7:45 pm & 9:00 pm
Sunday, June 9th 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Monday, June 10th 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 11th 9:30 & 10:30 pm
Thursday, June 13th 9:30 & 10:30 pm
Saturday, June 15th 4:30 pm & 5:30 pm