Episode 6

Hurrah, we’re back with Episode 6 of the Strut and Bellow Podcast. And today I’m sharing a great, long conversation I had with theatre director Aoife Spillane-Hinks. I didn’t know Aoife very well at all before she kindly agreed to be interviewed but she’s a fascinating woman and when we started talking I quickly realised that this wasn’t going to be a quick chat!

13077371_10102790604438131_2104589337_nWe were chatting in a hallway in her office building, which means there’s a little background noise now and again but nothing too intrusive and I hope it won’t affect your enjoyment of our conversation.

Aoife originally comes from the United States and she talks in the podcast about how she came to be here in Ireland. Shetrained as a director on the Rough Magic SEEDS programme. She holds a BA in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University and an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from NUI Galway. She has taught directing in NUI Galway’s MA programme, and works as a private acting coach.

Her American credits include Sharon’s Grave, Waiting for Godot, and Our Class (PICT Classic Theatre, Pittsburgh). Irish credits include Creditors (C Company), Pilgrim (Edinburgh Fringe/Tiger Dublin Fringe); The Motherf***er with the Hat (ORion Productions – European Premiere); Run / Don’t Run (Bigger Picture Projects/National Tour); The Yellow Wallpaper (Then This Theatre/Dublin Fringe); Plaza Suite (Rough Magic/Gaiety Theatre); Hamlet (Second Age); Boston Marriage (Gate Theatre/Dublin Theatre Festival); Broken Promise Land (RTE Radio Drama on One & national tour); True Enough! (Making Strange/Dublin Fringe); Serious Money (Rough Magic SEEDS).

She is the co-founder of Then This Theatre and an associate artist with PICT Classic Theatre.

Towards the end of our chat, she gave a list of podcasts she enjoys and I’m including links to the ones she mentioned as well as some that I think are just great too. I can’t wait to listen to some of the ones I’m not familiar with. You can also follow Aoife on Instagram where she goes under the moniker @fiercejoyful and yes, she really is!


Another Round

The Savage Lovecast

Dear Sugar


Insights at the Edge – Sounds True

The Robcast – Rob Bell

On the media

Ask me another

Wait,wait don’t tell me


22 days

It wasn’t intentional to have a 22 day hiatus on the blog but the children had a half term break, I got sick right at the beginning with a horrible cough and here we are weeks later and I’m only just beginning to get back into the groove. But hey, last night I was in bed asleep by 9:30 so I’m still not quite ready to celebrate full wellness yet!

The weather has been lovely the last few days though, there’s that awesome golden light in the evenings and the school term is just a few weeks from finishing. I saw a funny post someone put up on Facebook recently announcing to the children of school going age that effectively their teachers and parents were done at this time of year and if they could just get themselves to the end of June, that’d be great. We’re all getting a little weary of the timetable and the homework and the school lunches in our house.

Summer of course, isn’t exactly stress free but in our house anyway, it’s a time to not have to worry about scrambling to get out of the house and there’s a gorgeous ease to our days which I’m looking forward to immensely. This will mean of course, that there is less time for Mama’s work. At the moment, my creative life is squeezed into the hour that the toddler naps and anything I have energy left for in the evenings. Summer means even less time and I’m not the best when I don’t at least have some space to work. So, the next few weeks I’ll be trying to figure out how to block some time out for myself to keep the creative fires burning.

I’ve a long list of women I’d like to interview for the podcast and a lot of them are also mothers, so just to warn you, there may be interviews over the summer with the sound of children running around a back garden, or slurping smoothies on the front step. But that’s the reality of many women’s creative lives so we may as well hear what it sounds like, right?

Next up on the podcast, I’ve a terrific conversation with director Aoife Spillane-Hinks and following that will be the actress Susan Bracken. Stay tuned for more inspiring chats with some awesome artists as the summer continues.

In the meantime, keep struttin’ and bellowin’.