Wednesday 7 June – Saturday 10 June 2023
Orla Barry: SPIN SPIN SCHEHERAZADE | Wednesday 7 June – Saturday 10 June 2023 | Wexford Arts Centre | Image: Photo of the artist, barefoot, sitting on a very high stool facing us and holding what may be a walking-stick topped by what may be a little, prone, wooden human shape; the artist is apparently addressing an audience; leaning against a wall behind are two very long walking-sticks and two burlap sacks full of what may be apples

New live artwork from acclaimed Irish artist Orla Barry blending autofiction and oral history to create a humorous, passionate monologue about the intersection of man and animal.

Wednesday, 7 June: 8.30pm
Thursday 8, June: 6.00pm
Friday, 9 June: 6.00pm
Saturday 10 June: 3.00pm


SPIN SPIN SCHEHERAZADE is a live artwork by Orla Barry, performed by Einat Tuchman her longstanding collaborator. It blends autofiction and oral history to create a humorous and passionate monologue. The performance is rooted in an artistic form of ‘barefoot anthropology’, recounting Barry’s tenuous interactions with the land, farming, man, and animal. It reflects on the culture of disconnection from the natural world and the boundaries of art and the rural every day. Barry draws on her background running a successful pedigree Lleyn sheep flock alongside her art practice. She produces crossover artworks that blend text, narrative performance and visual art, inhabiting the space between theatre and gallery.

The 2023 tour of SPIN SPIN SCHEHERAZADE will begin in Wexford Arts Centre and tour to Crawford Art Gallery in association with Cork Midsummer Festival, and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in association with Dublin Theatre Festival.

Written and directed by Orla Barry; Performed by Einat Tuchman and Orla Barry; Design assistance by Tanad Aaron, Lutece Mauger, Adrian Doyle; Commissioned by MuZee, Oostend and EVA International; Supported by KAAI theater, Wexford Arts Centre, Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Orla Barry lives and works in Wexford. Her recent solo exhibitions include MuZee, Ostend; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels; and mother’s tankstation, Dublin. Her work has been shown at EVA International and the RHA Dublin, and performed at KAAI theatre, Brussels; Museum M, Leuven; SMAK, Gent; IMMA, Dublin; Dublin Theatre Festival; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; South London Gallery; Tate Modern, London; and De Appel, Amsterdam.

Wednesday 7 June – Saturday 10 June 2023
Wexford Arts Centre
Cornmarket, Wexford
Telephone: +353 53 9123764
Opening hours / start times:
Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
Admission / price: Free

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