Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer, September 23

7pm, $12 admission

Parents use discretion, suggested age 12 yrs and up. 

This hour long comic play is an uproarious yet poignant one-woman play by London-Irish writer-performer Máire Clerkin. Amid astounding bursts of rhythm and physical theatre, this ugly-duckling-never-quite-swan recounts her experiences of sex and booze and rock and roll like only a convent-educated Irish catholic girl can.

Máire Clerkin jumps in and out of Irish dancing shoes, clicking and kicking her way across the stage in this percussive account of being English in Ireland, Irish in England and a pink-haired punk in a grey city. Pungent vintage photos of not-so-swinging London illustrate Clerkin's woeful but hilarious personal history as the disappointing daughter of a successful Irish Dancing teacher in 1970s London. Clerkin's 'glorious riffs of traditional Irish dance… animated impersonations and snapshot transitions…' (LA WEEKLY) deliver an hour of rich, dark comedy.

"Rollicking percussive jigs from a scowling Londoner, in this uproarious antidote to Riverdance. Maire Clerkin kicks arse in laugh-till-you-cry poignant comedy - hotfoot from Hollywood, Chicago and Dublin." -Critic's pick, Backstage