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Published on September 15th, 2009 | by Niamh


Absolut Fringe Festival: The Legend of Zocorro review


Last night saw me venture to the intimate surrounds of Bewleys Café Theatre on Grafton Street to see ‘The Legend of Zocorro’.

The official blurb told me this:

“Quixotic Zocorro, storms into Ireland charged with a high dose of testosterone, to take on the giants of child minding, hospital administration, Ryanair and the kingdom of Kerry. “She was always a good girl with a strong back and sturdy hips”, says Zocorro’s mother. Warning: Strong language and adult content. Irish Finalist and Edinburgh Semi-Finalist in the 2007 “So You Think You’re Funny?” Channel 4 competition. Best Actress Nominee Dublin Fringe 2002.”

So not much really!


The reality was this:

A lovely evening of story telling from Zocorro (writer and performer Leonor Bethencourt), a spanish immigrant of ten years to Ireland. The story Zocorro told centred on her move to Ireland in a specific attempt to become a Rose Of Tralee. From the first few minutes the tone was set with Zocorro telling the audience how, when she dreamed of becoming a Rose, she never envisioned that it would include her peeing into a Tupperware dish in front of the Rose of Tralee judges including Gay Byrne, Chris De Burghs daughter and Paddy McGillycuddy of Tralee Motors while Marty Whelan held her hand 🙂

Zocorro spins an entertaining yarn with humorous tangents to the tale along the way. Once in Ireland she takes a job as a nanny – a job befitting of any aspiring Rose, though possibly not something she was quite suited to…

“The two lovely little girls were called Siobhán and Sinéad….or something like that”

On the children’s trip to the zoo when they saw a peacock for the first time, one of them asked what the female peacock was called…”well…that must be a peac**t”

Zocorros lovely spanish accent and her passion and verve for her tale of woe kept the audience hanging on every word. I’ll leave you with my favourite quote of the evening, describing how she felt when her escort was revealed to her, gave her a rose and asked her to dance…

“I felt like Fräulein Maria dancing the Minuet with Captain Von Trapp…blushing, but…on for it”

The Legend of Zocorro is on every evening at 6pm in Bewleys Café Theatre from tonight until Saturday 19 September and you can buy tickets here or pay at the door, tickets are €13.00, concession tickets €11.00.

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