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Life - A One Woman Show

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Amy De Bhrún
September 19, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Writer/Performer.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I feel like i always knew that I wanted to be an actress. But there are 2 defining moments in my life that made me realise that theatre would be somewhere I would spend my adult life. From the age of 3, I would watch Annie the Musical on VHS religiously and act it out in my playroom, mother's car, back yard - anywhere I could find. By the age of 4 - I remember playing the Wicked Witch in my first school play. I took my role very seriously and still remember the climax of what was probably a 5 minute performance, where I had to melt. The audience were laughing and I couldn't understand why! With hindsight, I now realise that it was probably very cute to see a 4 year old truly believe for that one moment - she was a melting witch.

Why is this piece a solo play (rather than a multi-actor play)?
As an artist, I chose this to be a solo endeavour, in order to push the artist's boundaires as an individual. My aim as a performer is to create a world of characters, using one tool - myself. You should leave the show, feeling as if you witnessed an entire cast perform and forget that it was a solo performance.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
This show tells the story of Gráinne, a young Irish emigrant, finding her way through love, career and life in London. It is a whirlygig of comedy, poetry, theatre and song. The real message behind it is that Life is a journey, not a destination. Although it can be tough sometimes, there is a magnificence to life that surrounds us at every moment. Audiences should come away feeling uplifted, inspired and refreshed.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SURPRISING - You never know what is around the corner. One minute its poetry, the next a comic reenactment. There is comedy, song, poetry and a variety of hilarious character all interwoven through this one girls journey. Guaranteed to surprise you, like nothing you have ever seen before.

Who are your heroes?
There are so many actors and performers that I hugely admire. But to be honest - I keep hero status for family and loved ones! I see the people I care about the most achieve so much, face their fear, go beyond their self imposed boundaries in day to day life. Those people are my heroes because I witness their journey in real life and become inspired by it.