“This slot’s the early slot, the no budget, no frills slot. Low grade and high shame, the slot that no one wants. Welcome, to the ‘The Nine O’Clock Slot’.”Nine o’clock: the time of day that Councils bury the poor, the isolated, and the forgotten. Funerals that no one attends.
ice&fire confronts the disturbing rise in the number of so-called ‘paupers’ funerals’ in modern-day Britain in this experimental piece that retraces the stories of four individuals buried in the same communal grave. The Nine O’Clock Slot is based on true-life accounts where heart-breaking stories find comic touches and uplifting conclusions.
Performed in the industrial underground spaces of the Red Gallery, the play takes you from the world of the living to the secretive world of the dead and dying. Fusing film, choreography and spoken-word poetry with skilled physical comedy and song-and-dance numbers, this is a totally immersive theatre experience.
Róisín Tierney was born in Dublin in 1963. Her poems have been widely published in magazines, anthologies and pamphlets. She taught for several years in Spain (Valladolid and Granada), and Ireland (Dublin), and she is now settled in London. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies from Donut Press, Ondt & Gracehoper and Unfold Press. She has been placed in a number of national poetry competitions including the Brendan Kennelly Poetry Competition 2007, the Strokestown Poetry Competition 2006, the in 2005 and 2002, and the 2001 TLS Poetry Competition. Her most recent pamphlet Dream Endings (Rack Press) won the 2012 Michael Marks Award and her debut collection The Spanish-Italian Border has just been published by Arc Publications.