NEWS Archive / 2018
BBC/TV3: IRELAND’S REFUGEE HOTEL – TRUE LIVES
Narrated by Donna, this documentary is based on the experience of 240 Syrian refugees since their arrival in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon last March.
“a powerful and highly emotive documentary”
AWARDS: Donna won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ali QED at the 2018 Underground Cinema Film Festival. QED won Best Overall Short Film at the 2018 Santa Fe Film Festival and New Mexico Film Festival. It was also selected for the 2018 Cannes Short Film Corner.
FILM: LONG TERM AFFECTS
Director: Barry Woods | Writers: Barry Woods and John O’Rourke
Donna plays the role of tough talking boss Donna Anderson in the feature film ‘Long Term Affects’. Currently in post production.
RTE RADIO ONE: DRAMA ON ONE
THE ART OF FOOT BINDING
A radio play adapted from a book of short stories by Danielle McLaughlin. Donna reads the role of Narrator.
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RTE RADIO ONE: ARENA
DIVERSITY IN CASTING FOR STAGE AND SCREEN
Casting agent Maureen Hughes, actress Donna Anita Nikolaisen and director of Abbey Theatre Graham McLaren discuss the issue of diversity in casting for stage and screen.
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RTE RADIO ONE: THE BOOK SHOW
JEAN RHYS COLLECTED SHORT STORIES
In this special hour long episode Sinéad Gleeson speaks to British writer Linda Grant about the life and work of Jean Rhys (1890 – 1979). She is the Dominican born author of many stories and novels set in England, Paris and the Caribbean. They are stories of women who struggle with poverty, alienation, alcoholism and their reliance on (often uncaring) men. Writer Colm O’Shea looks at Rhys’ most famous novel Wide Sargasso Sea – a ‘prequel’ to Jane Eyre – and discusses the world of bedsits and hotels her characters inhabit. We also hear readings of Rhys’ work by the actress Donna Anita Nikolaisen. Listen to podcast
RADIO: VEILED | DRAMA ON ONE
Veiled written and devised by Louise Lewis and Gorretti Slavin and is inspired by real events in the lives of women in the Irish Muslim community. This audio presentation immerses the listener into a kaleidoscopic view of vignettes from the women’s lives in an ever-changing Irish and world social landscape. Donna Anita Nikolaisen plays Ghada. Listen to podcast
2017/ THEATRE READING: THE OTHER WAR
Festabit |The Cube Space, Project Arts Centre, Nov 19th 2017
A rehearsed reading of The Other War by a multicultural cast. Followed by a discussion with Cathy Leeney and Eritrean author, Alemseged Tesfai. Donna reads the part of Astier.
2017/ THEATRE READINGS: CANALETTO
Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin
Rehearsed readings of new plays ‘Canaletto’ and ‘A Bridge To…?’ by Brian McAvera (Picasso’s Women).
2016/ THEATRE: ‘THE BEAR’ & ‘THE PROPOSAL’
A double bill of Anton Chekhov’s hilarious comedies on marriage.
Cast: John O’Donoghue, Shane G Casey, Donna Anita Nikolaisen
Director: Joe Devlin | Producer: True Voice Theatre / Mark Quinn
Venue: Rathfarnham Castle
2016/ THEATRE: UNDER WHICH FLAG?
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Under Which Flag? was first performed in Liberty Hall in March 1916, just a month before it’s writer and director, James Connolly, went out to lead the rebel forces in the Easter Rising. Sabina Coyne-Higgins, wife of President Michael D Higgins, will take to the stage in a rehearsed reading performance of Under Which Flag? in the Liberty Hall Theatre, where it all began. Donna reads and sings in the role of Mary O’Neill.
#WTF International Women’s Day | 2 Apr, 2016
Let’s include everyone in the story
Speech read by Leah Minto at Liberty Hall, Dublin as part of International Women’s Day and the Waking the Feminists movement.
“When I first decided to become a professional actor my sister Jacqui warned me that it would be hard to find roles in Ireland owing to my ethnicity. “It’s a visual medium” she said, “You don’t look Irish Donna!” I didn’t believe her. After all, I was born in Holles St and brought up in Cork. Sure, how much more Irish does a girl need to be? However, in time, I grew to learn that she was, for the most part, right. Most of the roles in theatre that I have been lucky enough to play have been race related. And although it gave me great pride to play these characters, who both needed and deserved a voice, it also deeply frustrated me that I was somehow excluded from many roles in classic, period and contemporary plays. Actors need roles not just to make a living but more importantly to develop their craft. Read more…