Arts Life - Michael Sands

What I do: Actor/Singer

Favourite Restaurant: When I’m home in Cork this would have to be The Strasbourg Goose in the city centre. John the chef has managed to put together an eclectic mix of wholesome fine tasting food. ! Love the no-fuss attitude. In Dublin my favourite is the Trocadero, great fish and steak.

Current listening: As I spend most of my life listening to or learning music at work, when I finish I listen to talk radio. Newstalk is always on at home and in the car. I love Moncrieff’s diversity, the controversial George Hook — whose opinions you may not always agree with but who epitomises the value of talk radio — and the award-winning sports programme Off The Ball is constantly great listening.

The last gig I attended: Billy Joel a few years ago in Croke Park. I’m a huge fan, he came back to honour his gig here as he had vocal problems on the tour with Elton John. He played for nearly three hours. An added bonus was Peter Kay, one of my favourite comedians, who was playing support. He too is a big fan of Joel’s and apparently offered to do his British and Irish gigs for free as long as he and his mum could be at the gigs. Love it.

The last book I read: Has to be The Rules of the Road, one of those books we all have to read and everyone has their own take on it.

My last trip to the theatre: As an actor that’s a difficult one. I loved the production of “The 39 Steps” I saw recently at The Everyman, with a fantastic cast all playing multiple roles.

The last exhibition I attended: Munster beating Northampton with an injury-time drop goal by Ronan O’Gara in the Heineken Cup. That was an exhibition!

My favourite TV series: Breaking Bad, right. I’m hooked. Incredible writing, acting and characters. I have no more words.

My favourite work of art: Broadstroke here! The art of articulate, quick-witted conversation. Big fan of Stephen Fry.

My favourite venue: On a day off, sitting watching Munster or Ireland or the Cork hurlers in one of my two locals, Henchy’s or Cashman’s. Relaxing and enjoying the craic and hopefully winning.

Bio: After performing as Capt. Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Michael has joined the panto team at the Everyman. Recent credits include Captain Marshall in The Promise at the Helix, Dublin; Seán Óg and the Goose in the hit comedy tour, All Star Wars; Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice at the Lyric, Belfast; and his acclaimed portrayal of Sweeney Todd.

Favourite credits include: Les Miserables (Bamatabois /Grantaire, also covering and playing Inspector Javert) with Colm Wilkinson; Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik) at the London Palladium with Topol; Camelot (Sir Lionel) at Covent Garden Opera. The Golden Apple (Achilles) at the Barbican, London; Riverdance in Dublin/ World Tour; Aspects of Love (Hugo, also covering and playing Alex) with John Barrowman; Guys and Dolls (Harry/ Sky Masterson) at the Gaiety, Dublin/UK Tour; Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate), Cork Opera House; The Full Monty (Teddy) at the Olympia in Dublin/ Irish tour.

Michael created the lead role of Charlie in The Wiremen and Joseph Plunkett in Grace for the producers of Riverdance at the Gaiety Dublin. Also in the original cast of Michael Collins, he played Cathal Brugha.

Current show: Starring as Flash Harry in Little Red Riding Hood at The Everyman, Cork until Sunday Jan 6, 2013. Booking on www.everymanpalace.com or 021-4501673.

Interview: Marc O’Sullivan


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