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Nutshell review: Where Do I Start?

Every day, TheJournal.ie brings you reader-generated reviews of the hottest tickets at the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival 2011.

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THE ABSOLUT FRINGE 2011 has over 100 shows playing out across Dublin until 25 September. Each day, TheJournal.ie will bring you our readers’ reviews of the pick of the crop and everything in between. You’ll get the chance to get in on the act yourself with our daily reader review tickets giveaway!

To kick off our series, TheJournal.ie‘s buddy Darragh Doyle has attended two preview shows from the fest. First up:

Where Do I Start?

Created by and starring Nyree Yerghainharsian, as part of the Project Arts Centre’s PROJECT CATALYST.

Darragh’s review: “That was lovely,” said the elderly lady behind me as the applause stopped and I thought, “There’s my review”.

A simply performed and presented piece, Where Do I Start is personal, funny, charming and intimate, without being maudlin or attention-seeking.

There’s no excessive drama or need for comprehension here – Nyree is an Irish girl with Armenian heritage and a story to tell about her search for who she is. From the dirt roads of Meath to a lonely Starbucks in London to a bullet ridden apartment in Lebanon, you’ll laugh, you’ll empathise and you’ll wonder what it actually means to be from somewhere at all. A confident performance, there’s an almost deceptive ease of delivery here by Nyree to make you feel at ease. The story of how her parents met is brilliantly told – you’ll wish you had a similar story to tell. I saw this piece in preparation earlier this year and it seems that Nyree has not only started to find herself, but is well on the way.

In three words? Personal. Intimate. Thought-provoking.

Follow @darraghdoyle on Twitter here – keep up with all ABSOLUT Fringe tweets on the #afringe hashtag.

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