Cork CIL Personal Assistant Rosie O’Regan is also a member of Clowns Without Borders (CWB) Ireland. Those of you who have met her might not be surprised and will probably agree that she really is some clown.
This November, CWB Ireland are sending a small team of performers to tour refugee camps in Greece. The aim is to bring some laughter to the people living in these difficult places. Rosie is delighted and honoured to be joining the crew of jugglers, acrobats, and performers. They will visit the island of Lesbos, which has over 10,000 refugees originally from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. They will also spend a week in Athens visiting refugee camps there.
The show to be taken on tour is currently in development. Cian Kinsella (Lords of Strut) is directing. There will be a free public sharing of the work in progress followed by a questions and answers session on Thursday, November 15th at 6pm in the Theatre Development Centre (TDC) of the Triskel Arts Centre. All are welcome!
Clowns Without Borders International is a charitable organisation with chapters worldwide. CWB Ireland have branches in Belfast, Cork, Dublin, and Galway. Circus performers, clowns, theatre and street performers, actors, and musicians from all corners of the island of Ireland offer their skills, humour, and time on a voluntary basis to perform professional shows, teach skills, and bring laughter to children and their communities in crisis around the world.
Since 2006, CWB Ireland has undertaken projects in Nepal, Lesotho, Uganda, Palestine/Israel, Somalia, South Africa, Rwanda, Jordan, and Kosovo. While in Ireland, projects have taken place in direct provision accommodation centres for asylum seekers and refugees.
If you would like to learn more, to perhaps get involved, or simply offer your support, please visit the CWB Ireland website. All contributions are greatly appreciated.