We spoke to Artistic Director of LipZinc Theatre, writer and performer Tzarini Meyler about her upcoming show at VAULT Festival
Can you sum up KITES in five words?
Moving. Relatable. Funny. Visually Striking.
Why was it so important to explore the importance of female friendship?
During the post-war period, the family unit was more traditional and strict; girls in Ireland were not permitted to even speak to a boy outside family so connections with female friends were often all they had to express emotions and thoughts about their future. Friendship is vital to forming identity in childhood and teenage years, but it can also be dark, all consuming, and even possessive at times, much like the growing up experience itself, which is an interesting dynamic to explore on stage.
What does the kite symbolize?
Kites are a symbol of the chaotic journey from girlhood to womanhood. I was inspired by their juxtaposing qualities; their fragility, versus strength to brace any storm, the freedom to escape versus their strings that hold them back. Also, our human desire to fly kites and watch them fly above our world, reminded of the longing inside us all for what seems to be just out of our reach.
What excites you most about taking part in VAULT Festival 2023?
As a young Irish company, we are so excited to share this work with a UK audience amongst like-minded artists – we can’t wait to see other’s work too! VAULT Festival champions unique and independent companies and it is such a privilege to be part of this year’s line-up.
What’s next for LipZinc Theatre?
We are currently in the early development stage of my new script, ‘The Three Chairs’. Also, our first short film, ‘They Call Me Bridget’ will be premiering at film festivals this summer!
See KITES at VAULT Festival 7th – 12th March, more details here