Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, directed by Todd Haynes. Just gorgeously shot.
Guy Garvey live at the Olympia.
He’s brilliant, and the tunes were great — but his banter on the night with his two sisters and their husbands, who sat in the stage right box, was gold!
I buy CDs, I download from iTunes and also subscribe to Apple Music (migrated from Spotify).
And you can’t beat a good old bit of radio, especially first thing in the morning.
Darling Arithmetic by Villagers and Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens, both of which I love.
And any song that has Sia in the writing credits for a bit of belting along.
That’s a tough one!
There are reports of me bopping in my pram to KC and the Sunshine Band’s ‘Baby Give It Up’ when I was still small enough to be in a pram, so I suppose technically that might count as the first ever piece of music that moved me.
Impossible to pick a show, I think — but gig-wise, it’s a toss-up between seeing Patti Smith for the first time (at Cork X Southwest in 2011), and seeing Bruce Springsteen for the first time when The Rising tour came to the RDS.
Re-watching The Wire with my boyfriend, as he’s never seen it, it’s still superb.
We watch a lot of Discovery’s ‘reality’ show, Gold Rush, about mining operations in the Yukon.
My personal trashy favourite is Nashville.
The music is completely brilliant in that show though — T-Bone Burnett oversaw the music for the first series.
Lately tuning in to podcasts: The New Yorker Radio Hour (a friend got me on to that one because there was a Patti Smith interview in one episode).
And Late Date on RTÉ Radio 1 is hard to beat too.
Anne Clarke, fellow Cork woman and producer at Landmark Productions for her indefatigability and vision.
Lian Bell, theatre designer for sparking the #WakingTheFeminists movement in late 2015 in response to the Abbey Theatre’s male-dominated 2016 programme Waking The Nation.
Judy Hegarty Lovett and Conor Lovett from Gare St Lazare Players Ireland, who are current artists in residence at the Everyman, for their capacity to serve up superb storytelling and theatre with the sparest of staging.
It certainly wasn’t my best moment, but I did get to meet Nile Rodgers in 2010 when Chic played the Savoy.
As a lifelong disco aficionado, I couldn’t contain my inner fan girl, which I am retrospectively mortified by — but he was so lovely and sound in response to me being a total dork.
Well, the highest value item in my wardrobe had a pricetag of €400, but I got it for €200 in the sale — a leopard print faux fur by Sonia Rykiel.
It only really comes out for special occasions.
iPhone 6 — for almost everything except eating, sleeping and washing.
Seriously, I have a problem.
Though I’d rather email from my laptop at work, or at home, especially if there’s any amount of typing to be done.
The best thing of all that my iPhone does is connect via Bluetooth to my stereo at home, so I can play stuff loud and sing along.
The Everyman front-of-house volunteer staff.
Under the stewardship of our wonderful front-of-house managers, we have roughly 70 volunteer ushers, who run our shop, take tickets and show patrons to their seats.
Every Christmas they give up their holiday time, as it is the busiest time of all at the theatre with the panto showing twice a day, to man their stations.
We quite literally couldn’t do it without them.
So I’m delighted to be able to draw attention to their hard work here.
Abolish the monarchy.