by Medb Lambert and Donal Gallagher
“…charming… enchanting… this sweet little piece of work is, above everything else, a play about the magic of theatre.” Irish Theatre Magazine.
An alternative adult fairytale about a woman who falls in love with her sweeping brush. Using a combination of puppetry, dance and domestic cleaning products, Martha relives loves lost, loves dreamed and loves endured…
Presented in an urban kitchen/living room, and presented to a maximum audience of 15, Cleaner was Asylum’s first ‘off site’ production. This 20 minute solo performance was conceived by Medb Lambert, and developed with director Donal Gallagher.
An experiment in ‘object theatre’ the piece was rehearsed over a number of weeks in; a warehouse, an old shoe factory, on a rocky island off the west coast, a disused church and in the directors’ own kitchen. Cleaner saw its first public outing as a ‘work in progress’ at the Áras Éanna Arts Centre, Inis Oírr after a week-long residency.
Co-produced with the Kilkenny Arts Office
(Production enabled by kind support from Áras Éanna Arts Centre, Inis Oírr and Boomerang, Cork).
Premier – Kilkenny Arts Festival, 2006.
Cork Midsummer Festival, 2008 – kitchen of the Uniterian Church, Princes Street.
Friede Waldorf Schule, Stutgart, Germany Nov. 2008
Limerick UnFringed 2010 – Winner of best female performance
Absolut Fringe, Dublin, 2010 – Tiesan Café, Filmbase