A question of taste: Conor O’Riordan

- Des O’Driscoll

Conor O’Riordan is from Millstreet, Co Cork, and is an actor with Rough Magic’s new ensemble cast. He appears in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Kilkenny Arts Festival (Aug 10 – 18); and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man at Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire (Sep 26 – Oct 7) (also tours nationwide until Nov 3).

Best recent book: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks.

Best recent film: His Girl Friday. Watched it again recently for work, it’s a classic.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to recently: ‘In Chains’ by the War On Drugs.

First piece of music that really moved you: Radiohead’s The Bends was the first CD I ever owned still takes me away to that world created by the band.

Best play you’ve ever seen: Ballyturk by Enda Walsh. Three of the finest actors working (Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea, Mikel Murfi). The energy, the passion and the humanity. What’s not to like.

Tv viewing: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The West Wing. But mostly I watch sports, GAA to soccer with some golf In between.

Podcasts: Second Captains, WTF, The Blindboy Podcast, The Stand.

What are your three favourite acting performances?

Owen Roe playing King Lear; Olwen Fouere in Riverrun; Tom Hanks playing Captain Philips.

Any interesting family?

My brother Diarmuid is representing Ireland at the GAY games in Paris in August. To represent Ireland is a fantastic achievement.

Best celebrity encounter: Ciaran Hinds, I met him after a show in Dublin and he gave me a great piece of acting advice. “It’s not about you, it’s about telling the story.”

A time in history you’d most like to return to: The Cuban missile crisis. To be at that time when the world was on the brink. How diplomacy was used to avoid annihilation. Plus, the Kennedys are incredibly interesting people.

Unsung hero: I think Blindboy Boatclub has made a lot of men face up to mental health issues and pushed the conversation to the forefront of society. If we don’t speak about it, nothing will change.


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