Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

PETTY CASH presents Dole Queue

When myself and my creative partner Ragin started an alternative spoken word series earlier this year called Come Rhyme With Me, a young man Oisin McKenna approached us, asking to perform the material he was writing at one of the …

Wed, Dec 12, 2012, 13:20

   

When myself and my creative partner Ragin started an alternative spoken word series earlier this year called Come Rhyme With Me, a young man Oisin McKenna approached us, asking to perform the material he was writing at one of the nights. We obliged of course, and Oisin blew us away. His machine-gun-delivery documenting nights in clubs, unrequited love, parties and a sharp youthful malaise is compelling. Oisin went on to perform with us at Electric Picnic and the Dublin Fringe Festival.

Now, along with his buddy Niamh, he’s established PETTY CASH, a live art / literature / spoken word / whatever you’re having BYOB night at the Little Green Gallery. It kicks off at 8pm tonight with the theme of dole queue holding the subject matter together. And it’s free!

They say:
Cash. It’s all a bit stressful. Where are you getting yours from? Employed? Unemployed? Self-employed? Un-employable? Lacking a minimum of 3 years’ experience in the fine dining and hospitality sector?

It’s tough.

What are you gonna do now? Your mam is asking can you manage. She can give you a loan sure, only as a once off, just to tide you over until something comes along. But you’re a grownup now.

Right?

On to the live register. Are you eligible? Do you have a co-dependant? Are they eligible? It’s taking a while to process. How long have you been in the queue? Do you even remember what you’re waiting for?

PETTYCASH presents a show about signing on, signing off, cashing in, opting out, cash shortage, cash flow problems, the live register, scraping it together, and waiting.

I’ll be performing some new spoken word at it tonight, with less emphasis on verse, and more on story this time round.