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Zia Bergin-Holly

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In the first remotely recorded episode since lockdown, our Limerick Lady podcast hosts Ann and Emma talk to Zia Bergin-Holly. Zia is an award-winning lighting and set designer. She works internationally and is based between Dublin and London. She designs for theatre, dance, opera and live music events.

The day of publishing, April 16 2020, marks one year since our hosts and guest were involved in Bread Not Profits by Mike Finn with songs by Ann’s brother David Blake of The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra. A Gúna Nua theatre production about the Limerick Soviet: a moment in history which saw the city in a lockdown. Ann and Emma performed in the show, while Zia did the lighting design for this large site-specific spectacle. Bread Not Profits recently won The Irish Times Theatre Audience Choice Award.

The Limerick Lady is a grassroots movement aimed at promoting discussion around gender, gender balance, and the visibility of women artists. The Limerick Lady podcast was launched in 2018 co-hosted by artists Emma Langford and Ann Blake with support from the Limerick Post. They have interviewed a diverse range of guests including Jenny Blake, Sinéad Carey, Dr. Sindy Joyce, Emer O’Toole and Kathleen Turner. The podcast goes out the third Thursday of every month or Thirdsday if you will.

Ormston House is delighted to sponsor the Limerick Lady as part of our 2020-2021 Artistic Programme: The Feminist Supermarket.

You can read more about Zia here and listen to the podcast here.

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