Arts Q&A: Playwright Carol Moore on Van Morrison, Paul Brady and Colm Tóibín

Jenny Lee puts performers and artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week, playwright Carol Moore

Bangor playwright Carol Moore

1. When did you think about a career in theatre and what were your first steps into it? I got an acting job as the lead in Sleeping Beauty at the Arts Theatre and then got to know the women who would eventually found Charabanc Theatre Company along with myself.

2. Best gigs you've been to? Ian Dury and the Blockheads at the Arcadia, Portrush in the 80s, Van Morrison at Botanic Gardens in the 90s and Michael Bublé at Belfast's SSE Arena in 2017.

3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band? All of the above, with Adele singing female vocals.

4. The record you'd take to a desert island? Paul Brady's The Island, from his album Back To The Centre. Charabanc toured a black comedy about Divis Flats to the USA and we were invited on to a Baltimore radio's version of Desert Island Discs. We asked for Paul Brady – the song says it all.

5. And the book? Mend the Living by Maylis De Kerangal.

6. Top films? It's a Wonderful Life. James Stewart plays a man who tries to take his own life when an angel rescues him and shows him his community and the ripple effect he could have on it if he lived.

7. Worst film you've seen? I detest most sci-fi films. I want to see the real world, warts and all, reflected back to me to remind me I am human and imperfect.

8. Favourite authors? Colm Tóibín, Sebastian Barry and Anna Burns.

9. Sport you most enjoy and top team? I don't really follow sport but I love the World Cup and the Olympics – especially track and gymnastics.

10. Ideal holiday destination? Portugal is great and I'm just back from Bulgaria, where the people were lovely. I would love to go to Thailand and Vietnam.

11. Pet hate? Being late and other people being late.

12. What's your favourite:

Dinner? Seafood linguine.

Dessert? Good ice-cream.

Drink? A glass of Sauvignon or Pinot Grigio.

13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other? I have too many really good friends to name one and that's perfect as they each give me something of themselves besides good times and laughs. Sometimes you just need a shoulder to cry on or a sounding board about a big decision.

14. Is there a God? I am not into organised religion. My faith resides in myself and in every other human who has the ability to be kind in the world with every action they perform. I certainly believe in an ‘energy', a ‘higher power' and the possibility that when you throw an idea out into the world, the answer is there when you are ready to hear it.

:: Written and performed by Carol Moore, The Experience of Being, described as a moving, empowering and darkly funny one-woman play about ageism and how to fight it, is being staged at Space Theatre, Bangor, on August 22 as part of the Open House Festival. For tickets and full festival programme visit

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