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with Donal O'Kelly, Playwright and Actor - The Cambria, HIFA 2012
May 03, 2012
yourself in five words?
for God's sake.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
let the obstacles you see immobilize you - from an old man
named Lloyd Wright, in Jamaica.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
dressed up as a rabbit once to get punters into my first solo show
called ‘Rabbit'. It was awfully embarrassing.
is your most treasured possession?
have a small collection of Congo masks. I hope to do a play using
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
cocks an eyebrow) I'll come back to it. (He comes back to
it) It's unthinkable.
you have any strange hobbies?
but I never catch anything. Futile fishing - it's like
a metaphor for life.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
The deepening wrinkles.
is your greatest extravagance?
think the Congo masks actually.
have you got in your fridge?
a lot of hard cheese.
is your greatest fear?
it is, it happily escapes my mind at the moment. I'm in Zimbabwe,
fear is a long way away.
have you got in your pockets right now?
this CD! Dumisani Abraham Maraire and Laura Chiora. I play it when
is your favourite journey?
I think uh, the field of challenge. It's very enjoyable the
people you meet. The other day I was taken to a Glenview settlement
- that was some eye-opener of a journey. You're given
the challenge to do something about it.
are your heroes in real life?
people I met in Glenview - the heroics they perform from day
to night. Also, playing the music of your tradition is very inspiring.
The bearers of the flame of enlightenment and passion. (I'm
starting to sound too worthy).
and where were you happiest?
happy here. This is a big high. But I'm usually pretty happy
on stage as well. I love rehearsal rooms and I love being on stage.
your biggest vice?
like beer. A little bit too much.
were you like at school?
quiet. Studious. But a bit unpredictable.
are you doing next?
big snow plough full of things coming up. I'm supposed to
have a solo show ready for the second of June. But it's not
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