A performer’s life: ‘It’s like starting over and over and over on a zero-hour contract’

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Ireland sends out its impoverished artists with a fanfare of glitter and we return home to poverty

  • Deirdre Falvey
  • The Irish Times

Artists’ lives offer a glimpse of the reality behind Theatre Forum’s review of performers’ payscales.

Liv O’Donoghue, a choreographer and dancer, has toured her own acclaimed work, and performed across Europe, Australia and the US.

“I’ve been lucky to be in relatively regular employment and some would say that I’ve been at the top of my game. But successful dance artists earn on average around €13k per year. We are among the working poor. Health insurance, pensions, mortgages, basic security and…

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