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The Dock welcomes ventriloquist & documentary filmmaker Nina Conti to Carrick on Shannon

The Dock welcomes ventriloquist & documentary filmmaker Nina Conti to Carrick on Shannon


The Dock welcomes ventriloquist & documentary filmmaker Nina Conti to Carrick on Shannon

Ventriloquist & documentary filmmaker Nina Conti will be at The Dock Carrick on Shannon on September 22nd to take part in a free public talk after the screening of her award winning documentary Her Master's Voice . The talk is part of a series of events that have been organised to complement 'The L Shape' exhibition curated by Alice Butler and featuring the work of artists Jenny Brady and Sarah Browne.  

 This very special event, part of the Visual Artists Ireland International Speakers Series, will comprise of a screening of the award-winning documentary followed a conversation with Nina Conti, introduced by Sarah Browne, that will centre around themes and concerns that emerge in Her Master's Voice as they relate to The L-Shape, particularly ideas around voice, connection, identity, creativity and death.

"I came across Nina Conti’s film Her Master’s Voice when I was making the piece that’s in the exhibition upstairs—I was thinking about how women’s voices are expressed and listened to (or not) , and particularly the idea of talking “through” other women and other artists. This led to researching ventriloquism, which was known as ‘gastromancy’ by the Ancient Greeks (stomach magic). Nina’s film has everything of that magic: it’s incredibly moving, funny, and sometimes unnerving. I’m delighted that this extraordinary film will be shared with a new audience in the Dock, alongside The L Shape exhibition."  - Sarah Browne

After a short stint as an actress in the Royal Shakespeare Company Nina Conti became a ventriloquist and hasn't looked back since. Last year she won a British Comedy Award for her appearances on ‘Live at the Apollo’. Other television credits include QI, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, The John Bishop Show and Christopher Guest's HBO series Family Tree. She is also a regular in Clare and the Community – the long running BBC Radio 4 comedy. In addition, Nina has turned her hand to documentary film-making with her most recent exploit ‘Clowning Around’ (in which she trained as a children's hospital clown) airing to great critical acclaim. Her directorial debut’ Her Master’s Voice’ in which she took the bereaved puppets of her mentor, Ken Campbell, to a puppet graveyard in Kentucky won her a BAFTA nomination and a Grierson Award.

 Her Master's Voice is  a love letter to ventriloquism. Never before has watching someone talk to themselves been so mesmerising. Meet Nina the amazing ventriloquist. Sparked by the death of her mentor and lover, internationally acclaimed performer Nina Conti sets off on a pilgrimage to 'Venthaven', the resting place for puppets of dead ventriloquists. As she brings her dead lover's puppets back to life through this doc requiem, the result is at once funny, freaky and brutally honest. 

Her Master's Voice was nominated as Best Single Documentary at the BAFTA TV Awards, Most Entertaining Documentary, Grierson 2013: The British Documentary Awards and Global Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival, 2012.  It was an Official Selection at Hot Docs, 2012 and at The London International Documentary Festival, 2012

"Wonderfully odd, unpredictable, funny and occasionally desperately touching...Watch it. It will leave you speechless" - AA Gill, The Sunday Times

"Touching, brave, honest, imaginative, self-aware, hilarious." - Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

"A singularly affecting piece of television." - Jack Seale, Radio Times

The event which will be held in The Dock galleries at 1pm on Saturday 22nd September is free but tickets are limited and pre-booking is essential.

Tickets may be booked by contacting The Dock Box Office on 0719650828.

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