What’s on your agenda for 2014?
A selection of people from arts and entertainment give a glimpse into what they’ll be up to in the new year
Stars and Strypes: the Strypes are US-bound in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
We three meet again: Selina Cartmell is reunited with Olwen Fouéré and Owen Roe for ‘A Tender Thing’ in 2014. Photograph: Anthony Woods
Mind gamer: Keith Barry’s 50-date live show, ‘Brain Hacker’, starts on March 14th in the Radisson Blu in Galway. Photograph: Kieran Harnett
Anniversary waltz: Moya Doherty will be busy with ‘Riverdance20’ and ‘Heartbeat of Home’ in 2014
“I have 2014 stretching out ahead with a firm focus on work. If I can steal some quiet time away to meditate or write, I’ll do that. Otherwise it’s all work. We launch the Limerick City of Culture with Riverdance 20, as it is 20 years since Eurovision, believe it or not – and I certainly feel every day of the 20 years older.
“And then we head to Belfast, where we’ve had to put on extra shows, and then through Europe and back to the Gaiety, and on to the UK, finishing in Switzerland in December. So that’s the year mapped out.
“And we take our other Riverdance troupe to China in August, and we also take our new production, Heartbeat of Home, to North America in January.
“I’d love to do a little bit of writing. The only country I want to stay in is Ireland, because I spend so much time in a plane. Walking the hills of Kerry or Donegal is what attracts me more than anything. I said to my sister that my craving for the year would be to see the four seasons from the one window. And she quipped that I’d probably get that in one day in Ireland.
“I’ve no time for a holiday, but I always have time for my family, although my two boys are grown up now, and the last thing 22- and 24-year-old boys want to do is spend too much time with their mother, so I’m much freer now than I used to be 20 years ago, when they were two and four.
“I was listening to the RTÉ news this morning for the first time in ages, and I heard little grains of optimism, and it made me think that maybe, just maybe, things might change, and all that hardship might be history and not the future.”
“I’ve got a lot on next year. I’ve got my new show on TV3, Keith Barry: Brain Hacker, that starts on January 12th, for six weeks. I haven’t done homegrown television for six or maybe 10 years. I do all my TV abroad, but I wanted to do a show at home, because I’ve got two kids, aged five and two.
“And I’m heading over to the States, because I’m in negotiations about doing more TV there. The idea is to do that in the second half of the year, so in June or July I’ll head stateside and spend the rest of the year there.
“And then there’s my tour, which is the biggest I’ve ever done, so that’ll be March, April and May. I’m doing 50 dates: 14 in the Olympia in April and 36 around the country. I’m in talks to start working on the sequel to Now You See Me. My big hope is that I’ll be on that, and it’ll take up a big portion of next year as well. So I’ll just have to wait and see if that happens.”