ACTRESS Charlotte McCurry, from Belfast, is playing Grace Farrell in Cork Opera House’s production of Annie. It will run from July 30 to August 20.
TRESS Charlotte McCurry, from Belfast, is playing Grace Farrell in Cork Opera House’s production of Annie. It will run from July 30 to August 20.
Best recent book you’ve read:
I am reading We Were Feminists Once, by Andi Zeisler. It’s a shrewd survey of ‘the buying and selling of a political movement’ and a witty dissection of the relationship between feminism and pop culture.
Best recent film:
I saw Wonder Woman a few days ago. It was so refreshing to see a strong,
Best recent show/exhibition/gig you’ve seen… and what you enjoyed about it:
I was in New York, in May, with a show and was lucky enough to see Iphigenia in Splott at the 59 East 59 Theatre, as part of the Brits Off Broadway Festival. It’s a one-woman monologue that is an adaptation of Euripide’s Iphigenia in Aulis. Set in modern-day Cardiff, it tells the story of Effie and explores how marginalised members of society are sacrificed in the pursuit of growth and profit. Inspiring political theatre at its best!
Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old):
I have a huge vinyl collection and I am a big fan of soul, Motown, ’60s girl groups, and female singers. My most recent purchases are a record by
African-American blues singer Ma Rainey, who was one of the first blues singers to record.
First piece of music or art or film or gig that really moved you:
One of the first pieces of theatre that moved me, and inspired me to become an actor, was a production of Tom Murphy’s Conversations on a Homecoming, at the Lyric Theatre, in
Belfast. Directed by Conall Morrison, I remember writing about it in one of my drama exams. Years later, I got to work with Conall on The Crucible and I was lucky enough to be cast in Druid’s Irish tour of Conversations on a Homecoming. They were dream jobs and real ‘pinch me’ moments!
The best theatre show you’ve ever seen (if you had to pick one!):
Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, at The Royal Court.
Tell us about your TV viewing:
I love nature documentaries, music documentaries, and biopics. Also, I’m a sucker for a period drama, so getting to wear the beautiful 1930s costumes in Annie is a dream!
Radio listening and/or podcasts:
The Honest Actors’ Podcast; You Must Remember This, a podcast about the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century; and Woman’s Hour.
Your three favourite actors or acting performances of all time?
Vivien Leigh (I love her so much, I named my cat after her!), Laurence OIivier (I love him so much, I named my other cat after him!). I will never, ever forget Mark Rylance’s performance in Jerusalem.
Your best/most famous celebrity encounter:
I once spent an evening in the company of Kevin Spacey, in a London pub. He was really sound and even had a chat with my mum on the phone, when she called.
You can portal back to any period of human cultural history or music event — where, when, why?
The mid- to late-60s were a time of huge upheaval, socially, politically, culturally, and artistically. I would have loved to have been around to experience the awakening, experimentation, and revolution, and to be a part of the civil rights movement and women’s liberation movement.
Do you have any interesting family or ancestors?
There’s always been chat in my family that we are related to United Irishman, Henry Joy McCracken. I would love if it was true, as I would be a champion of social justice myself.
Unsung hero — individual, organisation or group you think don’t get the profile/praise they deserve:
I did some fundraising work for the homeless charity, Welcome Organisation, in Belfast, and I got to see first-hand the fantastic work they do... The work they do is vital.
You are queen for a day — what’s your first decree?
I would make sure every homeless person was housed and every child went to sleep in a warm bed and with a full belly.
The Cork Opera House production of Annie opens July 20 and runs to August 20. Tickets on sale at corkoperahouse.ie
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