The premiere of the brand new series of Waiting from award-winning writer Fiona Looney (Dandelions, Callan’s Kicks).
In their lifetime women do a lot of waiting! They wait for dates, medical appointments, for parent-teacher meetings. They wait in family planning clinics, at bus stops, in changing rooms. They wait for friends, they wait for coffee, they wait for new-borns, they wait to bury the dead – and while they wait, they talk about anything and everything. And often they talk about nothing.
WAITING is very much a realistic look at the lives of women and often a parody of the world they live in. The material is modern and with spoof ads, studio sketches and easily recognisable situations. The comedy comes from the larger-than-life delivery and absurdity of how the writers and performers deal with the topics and subject matter. So WAITING is a collection of sketches, ads and mini-plays. Some feature conversations overheard while writer Fiona Looney was waiting for herself in real life – and some totally made-up mad stuff as well. Fiona has always been impressed by women’s ability to talk to strangers and to discuss anything but the subject at hand. It’s when they find themselves in waiting situations that their extraordinary – and occasionally bizarre – talents really come to the fore.
This year’s series kicks off this Sunday on RTE Radio One at 8 pm. You can catch it at the same time and place every week for the next 6 weeks.
So Sideline Productions with the support of the BAI and RTE Radio 1 brought together some of the finest comedy actors in Ireland to stage some of those journeys that go absolutely nowhere. And this being produced for radio they also threw in a few possibly not-quite-genuine ads in there as they well.
In December 2017 two show pilot for Waiting was originally broadcast on RTE Radio One as part of Sideline’s COMEDY SHOWHOUSE. Such was the reaction to the fresh funny scripts and the performance of the brilliant cast, the live audiences gave Caitriona Ennis, Rose Henderson & Deirdre O’Kane a standing ovation and radio listeners responded with gushing praise. The good news was that the BAI agreed to fund a full series of 6 half hour episodes and those shows – staged and recorded live at The Project Arts Centre in late April 2018- are now being broadcast for 6 weeks from Sunday August 12th at 8pm on RTE Radio 1.
From the pen of Ireland’s No.1 female award-winning writer comedy writer Fiona Looney.
An all-female comedy about Waiting! Starring award-winning actresses:
Caitriona Ennis – ISDA Award for Best Actress (2011), nominated for Best Actress Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013 and Best Supporting Actress Irish Times Theatre Awards 2015.
Rose Henderson – credits include “Fair City” (RTE); “Raw” 3 (RTE/ITV); “Single Handed” 4 RTE/ITV) “Father Ted” (Sister Assumpta – Ch 4) & “Nighthawks” (RTE)
Deirdre O’Kane – Credits include IFTA winning lead in Noble plus TV comedies Moone Boy (SKY); Paths To Freedom (RTE) and voices Gogglebox (TV3).
Listen back to last years episodes below: