Louise Hynes from Ferefad has just finished a six-night stint at the Galway Fringe festival, starring in new play ‘Havarie’.
Louise was one of the co-creators of the production with her theatre company Lost Goose who have also showcased the play in London’s West End.
Daughter of Dorothy and Matt Hynes, she obtained a Degree in Engineering from Trinity College in 2012. However, a different path was laid out for the 24-year-old as she was offered a job as a dance teacher in France having studied dance in Shawbrook, Legan for over 14 years. From there she went on to do a Masters in Physical Theatre (International Ensemble) in London where she met the other girls in the company.
Lost Goose theatre Company was formed this year as part of the Masters programme. Louise and three other girls in the course, Hannah who is Canadian, Marie from Denmark and German girl, Mona, founded the group. “We got together based on mutual interests and the type of work we wanted to create,” Louise said.
Spun from the idea of emigration, ‘Havarie’, meaning ‘lost at sea’, was inspired by the story of three hundred people who died off Lampedusa trying to emigrate from Libya.
“I studied Engineering originally,” explains Louise. “Only about ten people out of 150 stayed in Dublin, the rest went abroad so emigration was something to me and each of the girls. We looked at our roots, like the history of the famine, and became inspired to write a story about two girls on boat who are completely stranded.
“We wanted to tell the stories about people and also things you might find at the bottom of the sea, everything has a story. We wanted to create a mystical world so it is framed under the water but we brought in the story of these two girls entwined with some myths.”
They put a lot of research into the background of the story. Travelling to Malta, where many refugees have escaped to, they heard many stories from different people about what happened to them.
They will now bring their play back to London where they hope to perform as part of the Camden Fringe. They will also bring it in front of the university to present the work to the incoming Masters students before going to Malta at the end of October.
Louise concluded by saying she hopes to one day bring it back to Longford to perform in Backstage Theatre.