Leaving Home Party
Winner of the Brighton Fringe Latest Music Award 2016.
“A major talent in waiting” - The Scotsman ****
“Ireton's gift is that she quite simply puts us under a spell” -Edinburgh Guide ****
Leaving Home Party is a story set to song that explores our modern day notions of home and belonging. Taking inspiration from my own journey of leaving Ireland, I perform this 50 minute piece with multi-instrumentalist Ignacio Agrimbau. It premiered at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Festival 2014 and since then we have redeveloped it and performed it nationally and internationally in Seoul, South Korea.
Catherine had no idea she was emigrating. She stepped on a plane to Glasgow one Tuesday morning full of the joys of a new adventure. And now 7 jobs, 2 boyfriends and 3 flats later she’s still here. A foreigner in an almost familiar country. Joined by multi-instrumentalist Ignacio Agrimbau, Catherine tells a playful, wryly observed, tale about finding ones way in the world. A world in which the possible adventures over there are always more appealing than the reality of here. A world in which life - if you’re not careful – can just happen to you.
Leaving Home Party was developed with Gavin Stride and was originally co-directed with Caroline Byrne. Commissioned and produced by Farnham Maltings. Supported by Harlow Playhouse and Escalator East to Edinburgh and funded by Arts Council England.
Leaving Home Party by Catherine Ireton