Una Mullally

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PopLives #26: Amy Conroy

Amy Conroy is a theatre maker who directs, writes and acts. Her company HotForTheatre won the Fishamble Award for New Writing (Conroy) and Best Female Performance Award (Clare Barrett) for I ♥ Alice ♥ I at ABSOLUT Fringe 2010. HotForTheatre’s …

Thu, Dec 13, 2012, 08:44


Amy Conroy is a theatre maker who directs, writes and acts. Her company HotForTheatre won the Fishamble Award for New Writing (Conroy) and Best Female Performance Award (Clare Barrett) for I ♥ Alice ♥ I at ABSOLUT Fringe 2010. HotForTheatre’s second show Eternal Rising of the Sun won Best Female Performance Award at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011.

What are you reading?
Don’t judge me but I’ve really gotten into downloading books on my iPad. I used to consider myself a purist, but have now realized I’m a sucker for speed and instant gratification. I just finished ‘By Nightfall’ by Michael Cunningham, and now I’m alternating between Hilary Mantel’s ‘Bring up the Bodies’ and ‘Flight Behaviour’ by Barbara Kingsolver.

Last film you saw and your verdict?
I adore going to the cinema, I still get butterflies walking in to the theatre. I see so much live theatre that going to the cinema is like going on holidays. My friends reckon I have cinema Asperger’s, I like to get there super early, and I know where I want to sit. I’ll see anything other than romcom’s, they make me want to claw my own eyes out, nothing could compel me to care about a wedding/bridesmaid/number of dresses/sisters shoes. Blah! I saw Argo last and really enjoyed it.

You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
I really don’t like magazines; shoes, bags, hair, Kate Middleton. Whatever. I used to buy Intelligent Life Magazine, in airports mainly, but started to feel vaguely pretentious and ridiculous. The magazines name alone makes me snigger, clearly, in purchasing this magazine you are far more intelligent than the person beside you reading Heat! So I secretly downloaded the app and now I read it from my iPad. Still pretentious but not shouting it: quietly smug you may say.

What are your most clicked bookmarks?
Facebook, Twitter, The Irish Times, theJournal.ie. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme?
I’ve only recently gotten into listening to podcasts, I know, I’m a million years behind. I’m really enjoying ‘This American Life’.

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
People falling down. Anything slapstick makes me cry with laughter.

What song should we listen to right now?
This is a tough question. When I’m writing something I get totally obsessed with the music of the time/piece. I can normally pin one key song to a play or piece. At the moment I’m compulsively listening to anything by Lykke Li and Pat Benatar. But you don’t have to, honestly.

Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
Sadly, I don’t really have time for box sets. I gave up on Mad Men. It made me want to drink and smoke my face off. I loved The Killing, it indulged my itchy jumper fetish, and felt quiet theatrical.

Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
I’m afraid it was Electric Picnic. Way too long ago. Patti Smith stole it for me, loads of other amazing gigs, but Patti owned it.

Which app do you use the most?
Kindle app. See above references to piety, pretension, instant gratification and smugness. As you do.

And finally, if you see one theatre production this month, make it…
Check out the Forest Fringe Festival in The Lir on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of December. Some fantastic shows lined up, including an opportunity to see Veronica Dyas’s ‘In My Bed’ again. I’ll be creating an instillation piece based on the concept of the next HotForTheatre show; it’s all very exciting.

Previously on PopLives: Louise McSharry, Maeve HigginsRay YeatesNialler9Jeanie FinlayKevin BarryBrigie De CourcyJohn ScottWillie WhiteNiall MuckianPhil BoyleAngela DorganRoise GoanJoshua GordonMick MinogueEilis BoyleAnnie MacBen FrowMichael McDermottSinead O’Connor,  Shane LanganKathy ScottEoghan KidneyMichael Roe, and Phillip McMahon.

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