Yoga summer challenge

Finally summer is here and it’s glorious! I lived for two and a half years on the French Riviera and it spoiled me. I’m back in Ireland 11 years now but I still crave the heat and vivid summer colours of that beautiful part of the world.  Now that I’m finally getting over this awful,...

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...

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...

Episode 5

  It was my great pleasure to talk to Heather McKay for Episode 5 of the podcast. Heather has been my good friend for a long, long time. She was charged with looking after me at the after show party of a notorious school musical back in the day and we’ve been firm friends ever since. I’ve...

Zwischen Time

When I was pregnant with my third child, my yoga teacher talked a lot about those agonising last few weeks as you near your due date. You’re heavily pregnant, you’re sick of being heavily pregnant, you can’t wait to meet your baby but you’re also aware that life’s going to get crazy when your baby finally comes. She...

Episode Four

Today I’m very excited to share my conversation with a truly inspiring woman, Lian Bell.  Lian is a set designer, arts manager and the instigator of the Waking the Feminists movement. It was Lian who publicly voiced her anger and frustration at the Abbey Theatre’s lack of gender diversity in their programme for 2016, and...

Oops….

So I was supposed to post another podcast this week, apologies if you were anxiously waiting for the next instalment of inspiration and encouragement. I was however called away to an audition in London so, as a maker myself, I had to give my focus and attention to getting prepared. I’ll be honest, the auditions...

Episode Three

Episode Three is a conversation between myself and Charlotte Darbyshire and I. Charlotte is also my sister in law, so I feel quite lucky to see the life of a dance artist close up. Charlotte is a British independent dance artist. She works as a choreographer and director of live performance and dance for camera. She...

Episode Two

Today’s episode is a conversation between myself and the artist Róisín O’Farrell. Róisín is one of Ireland’s most successful and best loved contemporary artists. Her use of colour and texture in her interior scenes give a sense of luxury and comfort but what she’s really interested in is the beauty of imperfection. Róisín is a terrific communicator...

Waking the Feminists

So on Tuesday, my amazing Father-in-Law, looked after my three children so I could make it in to Liberty Hall in Dublin to attend the Waking the Feminists – Spring Forward public meeting. It was good to hear from many leading theatre practitioners how the November Rising was impacting on their policy and practise. We...

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