Heather Massie channelled the spirit of actress and prolific inventor Hedy Lamarr during a special performance at Inspirefest 2018.

The Inspirefest 2018 crowd basked in the presence of New York actor Heather Massie, who brought her one-woman show centring on actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr to the Bórd Gais Energy Theatre.

The award-winning play, titled Hedy! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, is a tour de force solo performance by Massie, taking in the dizzying heights of Lamarr’s fame as well as the dark lows of her downfall.

A prolific inventor, Lamarr, along with composer George Antheil, invented frequency hopping. The technology is a key element of how Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and military satellites work.

Massie’s embodiment of Lamarr was an immersive experience for the audience, some of whom got to participate in what was an effervescent and entertaining show.

Words by Ellen Tannam