Arts Life - Michael Joseph

What I do: Actor

Favourite café: Starbucks

My favourite film: The Colour Purple. It’s shocking that with 11 Oscar nominations, it didn’t win any. I think it’s a masterpiece by Mr Spielberg.

Current listening: Mumford and Sons, left. An amazing band, their debut album is surely to become a classic.

The last gig I attended: Lady Gaga at the 02.

The last book I read: The Shack (more like kack, awful book).

My last trip to the theatre: The Plough and Stars at the Abbey. Stunning production.

The last exhibition I attended: MOMA in New York during the summer. I took in their new work, ‘Eyes Closed/Eyes Open’, a series of drawings from the 1960’s. Very interesting, and an incredible museum.

My favourite work of art: San Giorgio Maggiore by Monet, right. A thing of beauty.

My favourite writer/artist/ musician: Stephen Sondheim, the musical theatre composer is without doubt my favourite. His works, like Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George, are just mind blowing. And my favourite interpreter of his work has got to be Bernadette Peters. Heavenly.

My favourite venue: I do have a huge love for the Cork Opera House.

The artist I would most like to meet: Stephen Sondheim, right, or, if she were alive, the divine Maria Callas.

Bio: Michael trained at the Academy of Musical Theatre in Wales and graduated in 2006. He has since appeared on stage, television and film. Working primarily in musical theatre, he has played roles such as Motel in Fiddler on the Roof in the Gaiety Theatre, Mac in 42nd Street at the Gaiety Theatre, Smarty in The All Star Wars at the Olympia Theatre and the Cork Opera House. He has also toured with the musical Michael Collins by Bryan Flynn at the Olympia, Dublin, Cork Opera House and Theatre Royal, Waterford. Panto credits include Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, all at the Cork Opera House and Jack and the Beanstalk at the Gaiety Theatre. Michael made it to the semi finals of Fame: The Musical on RTÈ One .

Current show: Alice in Wonderland at the Cork Opera House. It’s extremely exciting to be creating the character of the Mad Hatter for the first time ever in panto. This is my third panto at the Opera House so I feel very lucky to be trusted with this task. It helps that there is a top class cast and crew and creative team to work with.


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