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PopLives #28: Grace Dyas

Grace Dyas is an award-winning theatre-maker and one third of THEATREclub whose festival THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON: Vol. 3 is currently running in the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar, Dublin until January 19th. (THEATREclub: Grace Dyas, Shane …

Fri, Jan 11, 2013, 11:39


Grace Dyas is an award-winning theatre-maker and one third of THEATREclub whose festival THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON: Vol. 3 is currently running in the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar, Dublin until January 19th.

(THEATREclub: Grace Dyas, Shane Byrne, Doireann Coady)

What are you reading?
Break a Leg by Peter Sheridan. It’s his memoir. Amazing. I love reading about the history of the scene we’re involved in now and its very inspiring to see how people started things in the 1970s & 1980s and just to get an image of the atmosphere of the scene here then. I particularlily enjoy reading about the goings on at Project Arts Centre, since that’s where I do most of my work now.

Last film you saw and your verdict?
DOLLHOUSE by Kirsten Sheridan, I loved it! It was hilarious. So beautifully obtuse and all the while totally accessible. A masterpiece.

Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
I went to see Aslan over Christmas with my best friend in the entire world Daire Byrne. She lives in Australia now so we make a regular thing of going to see Aslan when she is home.

Last stage production you saw and your verdict?
I literally just saw ‘DOLLS’ in an experimental EP version at our festival THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON: Vol 3- and I feel sick. It was gutteral. Evocative. Beautiful. Masterful. Sorcha Kenny is an amazing artist. I have never seen anything as effective at illustrating just how we look at a woman.

Last gallery / museum / exhibition you visited and your verdict?
I saw the Alice Maher retrospective at IMMA at NCH… Her piece Cell sent me on a revelation about Art. Art exists to show the complexity of life, there’s no other way to show it… does that sound wanky? I wonder can I say wanky? Anyway go see the piece and then you’ll understand.

You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
JUGZ. That’s only a joke i dont read magazines really. Total Film. Architecture Now…. sorry I’m just not a magazine fan.

What are your most clicked bookmarks?
I am ashamed to say Facebook. Then probably my gmail and THEATREclub’s website. Oh and jugz.com.

Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme?
I really like Karl Pilkington and Ricky Gervais. The man is a genius.

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
I watch a lot of videos about heroin and drug addiction. I made a show about HEROIN and ever since I can’t stop researching it reading about it- the complexity is compelling.

What song should we listen to right now?
‘My Back Pages’ by Bob Dylan, its in my head because the show I just made with Gerard Kelly ‘Confusion Boats’ features a line from it.

Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
GIRLS. Wow. Get into it. Its so good. creepy. acting is amazing.

Which app do you use the most?
The 8202020 one, i am a sucker for getting taxi’s which is why i’ll never be rich

Do you play video games or mobile platform games, and if so, what’s your favourite at the moment?

What is your favourite club night of all time?
Em… can I say THEATREclub night?

If you could transport one international cultural outlet (gallery, theatre, venue, club, etc) to your home town, what would it be and why?
The Tate Modern in London. I love it.

And finally, if you check out something on stage this month make it…
THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON: Vol 3 – A revolution is a change of mind – until Jan 19th at Project.

Previously on PopLives: Mark O’Halloran, Amy ConroyLouise McSharryMaeve 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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