by Mark G vs. King Kong Company feat Abby Oliveira
Listen on Spotify to the first of two tracks Abby collaborated with Mark Graham of King Kong Company on. Released in Feb 2020.
Abby Oliveira is a cross-genre artist (namely writer, performer, theatre maker, spoken-word artist & arts facilitator) based in the North of Ireland. She has performed in the mucky fields of festivals such as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, and Body&Soul, to the Black Box or the National Concert Hall of Ireland.
In 2016 she was awarded two awards by the Arts Council of NI in order to compile a solo spoken-word show 'Cast Away Your Compass', and subsequently tour the work in Australia.
Her debut spoken-word album of the same title was released in 2016. Click here to stream the album free on Soundcloud.
2017 saw her invited to present her work (as well as a talk on the theme of home and identity) at Singapore Writer's Festival.
In 2017/18 she was chosen to take part in Tinderbox Theatre Co's Take-Away Theatre initiative in her capacity as a theatre maker, which saw her undertake the collaborative process of writing, developing and performing in her one-woman show 'Conscientia', which dealt with themes of domestic violence and parochial politics in small town Ireland, as well as the fragility of memory and the wide-reaching consequences of seemingly 'domestic dramas'.
Also in 2018, her one-woman multi-media spoken-word/theatre show 'Legends of the Coven' debuted at Echo Echo dance studios, Derry.
She has been a contributor to BBC and RTE radio shows over the years in various capacities. In 2019 she was commissioned by BBC Radio Foyle to write the station's official 40th birthday poem (click here to watch/listen). In 2018 she was commisioned by producer Conor McKay to contribute poetry to the BBC Radio 4 documentary '27 Clarendon Street'. In 2017 she was commissioned by producer Alan Meaney to contribute poetry to the RTE radio series 'Reverberations'.
She is currenty lyricist/frontwoman of Dublin-based electronic & spoken word band 7 Daughters (alongside Conor O'Connor and Claus Jensen). Their debut album 'The 7th Daughter' is due out in early 2020 (click here to listen to their debut track Scribe of the Zeitgeist)
She collaborates extensively with other artists (her very favourite mode of working). Over the years she has worked with musicians/bands such as Mark Graham (King Kong Company), Basork, Marty Coyle, Velvet Alibi, Johanna Fegan, Birdwoman, Arkeye, NorthWest Hip-Hop, Victor Byatt, John Vanek, Salim Dastan & more.
Theatre-makers/technicians Hanna Slattne, Patrick J O'Reilly, Gemma Walker, Claire Lamont, In Your Space circus performers, JP Conaghan, Barry Davis, Borris and Ricardo, Gerry Potter, Mara Cavalli, Mel Bradley, Nicky Dunne & more.
Abby has extensive experience as an arts facilitator, and has worked in this capacity since circa 2007, with all ages of human beings, from schools to community centres to arts centres. She has facilitated/delivered workshops for the likes of The Irish Writers' Centre, the Seamus Heaney Homeplace, The Playhouse, The Waterside Theatre, Derry/Strabane District Council, CARA Friend,Donegal Coco, Wainfest, and many more.
She currently offers quality facilitation of workshops/courses in:
She was the curator of the Monday Night Cure - a legendary live literature and performance open mic event held on the last Monday of each month in Sandino's Bar, Derry, from 2015-2018.