NUN ON THE RUN!
BY CONOR DUFFY
Next in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2021:
Theatre 1 - theSpace @ Surgeons' Hall
"Sr Clarissa has grown somewhat tired of her marriage to Christ. The emotional support is great, but sometimes… a girl needs more. Seeking innocent thrills, she starts a prison inmates pen pal programme from her convent. Soon caught between God and a dangerous outlaw in the world's oddest love triangle, she now must choose… This wild ride from convent to convict has it all: blasphemy, lust, goats, memes, love and YouTube kittens.”
Running Length: 50 Mins
Cast & Crew:
Written by Conor Duffy
Directed by Jordan Begley
Performed by Nathalie Clement
Voice-Overs by Conor Duffy and Cliodhna McAllister
Produced by Purple Hare
Lighting Design by Conor Burnell
Music by Nicolas Clement
Main Photography by Graeme Coughlan
Additional Photography by LuzdaCosta
Nun On The Run! premiered in Ireland on September 27th & 28th, 2019 in The Studio Theatre of the dlr Lexicon, with the support of the dlr County Council.
"I've seen many independent productions, "Nun on the run" reached a level of dramatic depth and richness completely unexpected. There is meat and bone and flux throughout, in a deeply thought glimpse into an (extra)ordinary slice of modern life. The Nun is an Adventure. You may as well skip a heartbeat as her story unfolds and will end up wanting her to be your best friend.
The story itself is impressive: this simple one-hour woman show is a joyride through religion, infatuation, memes and YouTube kittens like a catchphrase of all today's mythology. This is done smartly, without any artifice, unnecessary noise nor gaudiness. Unlike most young plays, you surrender because it's clear you are in great hands throughout. Nathalie Clement takes care of you like an executive teller of tales. The plot intertwines with the present through humour and fictional dialogue. The feed has various rhythms, taking from the cheekiness of stand-up comedy to speed friending handshakes to chekhovian melancholy and cartoons caricature.
It was touching to see not only a true creative concept come to life, but also a fully-fledged intellectual artifact. This is rare today, but when you come upon it you know its taste immediately: laughing with serious concepts open heartedly, with wit rather than with noise, giving warmth.
It's a feast in a simpler, small, modest package. Finally an oeuvre of inclusion, elegantly both very Irish and very international, with harmonious winks that make everyone feel at home. For this and this alone, Dublin needs to open its main doors to this play, as it has a deeper message of tolerance, strewn from a young Irish Author. This is the voice that needs all eyes on it today."
"A party girl turned nun could be the setup for any number of jokes. Likewise, with a nun turned party girl. Nun on the Run depicts what happens in the interim. With a script deliberately exaggerated in style, this (one-woman) performance was wonderfully engaging and kept the audience on-side throughout. Not bad when you take into account the distaste much of the nation still has from historic trauma suffered at the hands of the Catholic church. But the point of the play isn’t to provide a political commentary, nor a rags to (spiritual) riches story. It’s about humanity; our weaknesses, desires and foibles. That’s where both the humour and the heart come from. As the name suggests, the play is fun, upbeat and even curiously profound – often all within the same beat."
Aoife Bradshaw, HotPress
"The chapel-esque environs of the DLR Lexicon’s Studio are the perfect setting for Purple Hare’s production of Conor Duffy’s Nun On The Run!, a touching and wickedly funny comedy centring on Nathalie Clement’s Sister Clarissa.
Duffy is known for his high-stakes capers – last year’s The Lonely Luchador a classic example – but Nun On The Run! finds him in slightly more meditative waters, as it focuses on questions of faith and morality. Of course, this is still a show about a nun spilling her love letters from a Columbian Robin Hood to a crowd of onlookers inside a Dublin Garda station, so Duffy is still adept at milking a silly situation for all its worth.
There is a sort of fascinating alchemy occurring on stage, with Duffy’s ludicrously funny script injected with incredible pathos by Clement’s performance and Jordan Begley’s direction. The jokes come thick and fast, but there is an underlying sense of deadly seriousness to Clarissa’s emotional journey that keeps the show anchored.
And, oh, what an anchor! Clarissa truly is a wonderful creation, brought to vivid life by Clement’s committed, soulful, and absolutely gas performance. She is the stuff of spin-offs – you can imagine a Sister Clarissa TV show, a Sister Clarissa musical, a Sister Clarissa line of lunchboxes.
It’s this dichotomy – between the quick wit on display, and the deep emotional heft underneath it all – that gives the show its edge and makes it well worth checking it out. Pray to God you get a chance!"
"Another well-crafted and humorous play by Conor Duffy and superbly directed by Jordan Begley. Conor’s great sense of humour is shown at its best in this play. Nathalie Clément as Sister Clarissa, the nun on the run, is excellent and well worth seeing. [...] She handles the difficulties of a one-woman-show with dexterity and style. Well done to all involved in staging this endearing play."
"[Nathalie] Clement is likeable and engaging, she keeps our attention throughout and we are intrigued by the alien character of a young nun. The set is bare, but Clement holds our gaze with the relatable life she breathes into the habit."
"Purple Hare’s ‘Nun on the Run’ took on the universal subject of love with sensitivity and humour. On a virtually empty stage, Nathalie Clement gave an energetic and engaging performance, weaving a whole world from just a handbag full of envelopes. It was witty, relevant, and well worth the watch!"
"Absolutely fab, was in stitches all the way through. I can't wait to see the next production. Well done everyone."
"Congrats everyone! Such a great show and piece of writing, it really deserves more limelight."
"The play was brilliant"
Nathalie is a Franco-Irish Actress, Voice-Over Artist and Producer as well as the Artistic Director for Purple Hare Theatre Company.
She holds an MSc in Marketing (NEOMA, France) and an M.B.A (Telfer School of Management, Canada). She graduated from the prestigious Programme for Screen Acting at BOW STREET in 2015, after studying under the direction of Gerry Grennell, Shimmy Marcus, Cathy Brady, Lance Daly, and Casting Director Maureen Hughes. She currently trains with Voice and Acting coach Helena Walsh, and is an active member of the Actors' Studio in Bow Street.
Her most recent Theatre credits as a performer include: NUN ON THE RUN!, ANONYMOUS and THE SADNESS OF THE LITTLE SPARROW (One Woman Show) with Purple Hare Theatre Company, THE LONELY LUCHADOR and HOUND’S HOTEL with Head Above Water Theatre Company, BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS with Blacklight Productions, LIFE ON EARTH with Down to Earth Community Arts, and THE BRAIN and YERMA with The Lir. She has starred in multiple short films and television programmes, and is also a voice-over artist.
Recent credits as a Theatre producer include : THE MANY FACES OF HER, BLUE DEVILS and THE WALLPAPER for Fleet of Feet Theatre, HAVE YOU SEEN THIS GIRL?, -ANONYMOUS and THE SADNESS OF THE LITTLE SPARROW for Purple Hare Theatre Company, THE LONELY LUCHADOR and HOUND’S HOTEL for Head Above Water Theatre Company, and LA MARIE VISON for Moon Mad Theatre. She also produced the short film MAKE MY DAY, directed by Karine Dalsin. -ANONYMOUS was her directorial debut.
Jordan Begley is a Dublin-based actor and director, hailing from the Midlands. He started acting at the age of 11 and went on to study Theatre Performance at Marino College. He was then accepted into the first class of the Foundation in Acting diploma at the prestigious National Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Lir Academy.
Since graduating in 2015, Jordan has been involved in a multitude of exciting projects. He has four nationwide tours under his belt with Talisman Theatre Company, as well as a multitude of performances in Dublin. Most recently, he featured in BOYS TO MEN TO LADZ AGAIN and A PROFESSOR'S AND A PERSONAL TRAINER'S PRIVATE APOCALYPSE as part of the Scene+Heard Festival 2020, and THE EVENTS as part of The Lir's Grad Fest.
In 2019, Jordan made his debut as a director with NUN ON THE RUN!, which premiered at the dlr Lexicon. In 2018, Jordan was assistant Director on WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE, a show put on by Smashing Barriers Theatre Collective in Ballyfermot and which focused on the rights of people living with disabilities in Ireland. In 2017, he was assistant director on FLAMING INSPIRATIONS, a show put on by Smashing Times Theatre Company in the Samuel Becket Theatre and focusing on women’s rights.
Conor Duffy is a Dublin-based Actor and Writer.
He graduated from IADT with an M.A. in Screenwriting in 2018. His graduating screenplay, LOCKED, was nominated in the Best Feature Film category at the SMEDIAS Awards. Conor trained as an actor at Bull Alley Theatre Liberties College and the Academy of Repertory Theatre, and was awarded an LCTL in Speech and Drama by Trinity Guildhall London. He is one of the founding members of Head Above Water Theatre Company.
Produced work include BOYS TO MEN TO LADZ AGAIN (Scene+Heard Festival 2020), A PROFESSOR'S AND A PERSONAL TRAINER'S PRIVATE APOCALYPSE (Scene+Heard Festival 2020), NUN ON THE RUN! (dlr Lexicon 2019, Edfringe 2020) THE LONELY LUCHADOR (Scene+Heard Festival 2019), THE NOT SO LATE SHOW (T.I.E Commission for Down to Earth Community Arts), IN CONCRETE WE DROWN (Scene+Heard Festival 2018), HOUND'S HOTEL (Scene+Heard Festival 2017, Galway Fringe Festival 2017), and HIDE (The Joining 2016).
His most recent credits as a performer include THE LITTLE PRINCE with Tartarus Theatre Company, -ANONYMOUS with Purple Hare Theatre Company, LA MARIE VISON with Moon Mad Theatre, LOVE AND MONEY by Dennis Kelly, DANCING AT LUGHNASA by Brian Friel, HENRI V by William Shakespeare, HUBRIS with The Collective Productions and THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE by Bertolt Brecht. Conor also toured nationally FROSTYTHE SNOWMAN and A HIPPO FOR CHRISTMAS with Talisman Theatre Company.