I had such fun chatting to my guest Susan Bracken for this episode. We met on a workshop with Annie Ryan’s Corn Exchange Theatre Company and found we had a lot in common. We’re both actresses who started out in London, and who have moved back to Dublin only to find it’s like starting all over again. We’re also both mothers. So we had lots to talk about.
Susan’s Dublin theatre debut was earlier this year in Strindberg’s Creditors playing Tekla at The New Theatre in Temple Bar, directed by last time’s guest Aoife Spillane-Hinks. Michael Moffat in the Irish Mail on Sunday declared her performance as ‘exceptionally nuanced’.
We met to chat in a cafe in Temple Bar, in the early evening and, as you will hear towards the end of our conversation, we were given quite audible hints that the proprietor was eager to close up!
Highlights of her career in London include; playing Liz in the London premiere of Mark O’Rowe’s From Both Hips at The Old Red Lion Theatre, TimeOut Critic’s Choice for Allan Swift’s Bodyclock at The White Bear Theatre, Ellen in Richard Brockman’s Informed Consent at the Jermyn Street Theatre and Elena in Chekhov’s The Bear at the King’s Head Theatre.
Other roles include Rosalind in As You Like It and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing in two sell-out Shakespeare seasons (Bard at the Bridewell) at The Bridewell Theatre.
She is a co-founder of C Company, which has produced both new writing (Simon Warne’s One Night Stand, Jo Norland’s Lizzy, Darcy & Jane and Samantha Lawrence’s The Fetch) and staged many classics as theatre company-in-residence at London’s Bridwell Theatre (’08,’09,’10 & ’11). She holds a degree in Politics and Economics from Trinity College Dublin.
She teaches a monthly workshop in Cold Reading & Meisner for professional actors at The Actors Centre, London.
We talked about her journey to the stage via Chicago and London and her passion for working with women. And she shared some of the theatre events that have most inspired her in recent times.
Hope you enjoy listening to our chat. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter and now I’ve an instagram account, you can follow me @strutandbellow. And if you know of an inspiring woman you’d like to hear more from, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep struttin’ and bellowing’.