Arts Q&A: Actor Gerard McCabe on The Eagles, youth theatre and beer

Jenny Lee puts performers and artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week, actor Gerard McCabe

Actor Gerard McCabe who is currently starring in Bruiser Theatre Company's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

1. When did you think about acting as a career and what were your first steps into it?

Calamity Jane in Primary school St Mary's Star of the Sea and then Rainbow Factory Youth Theatre. It was there that Brian Draine, the leader, helped me realise that I was good at something.

2. Best gigs you've been to?

I remember Robbie Williams at Slane Castle. Other than music gigs, I'd say seeing Rachel Tucker in Wicked in London's West End was unforgettable. Also A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Lyric years ago, starring Conleth Hill, Dan Gordon, Paula McFettridge and Conor Mitchell. It made me say 'That's what I want to do'.

3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band?

Bruno Mars.

4. The record you'd take to a desert island?

Hotel California by The Eagles.

5. And the book?

How to Survive on a Deserted Island by Samantha Bell.

6. Top three films?

There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber and The Goonies.

7. Worst film you've seen?

Get Over It, with rapper Sisqo in it. Don't do it to yourself.

8. Favourite authors?

Simon Stephens's plays and locally I'd have to say Gary Mitchell and Martin Lynch's writing.

9. Sport you most enjoy and top teams?

Love football. Liverpool when I can get over and Cliftonville when I have time. Come on the Reds #YNWA.

10. Ideal holiday destination?

Portugal – every time I go it gets better.

11. Pet hate?

Reality TV stars thinking they are actors

12. What's your favourite:

Dinner? I love Japanese food or pizza.

Dessert? I'm more savoury so a cheese board probably.

Drink? Harp lager or local craft beers like Boundary brewery in east Belfast or Bullhouse brewery in Ards Peninsula.

13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other?

I have a lot of very close friends that I know through acting and youth theatre days, where I met Pete Wray. a great friend who has been roped in to helping me start theatre company

14. Is there a God?

Yes, some higher power, but I don't practise as I don't believe in organised religion.

:: Gerard McCabe is starring in Bruiser Theatre Company's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). On tour until October 8, venues include: Theatre at the Mill, Newtonabbey; Marketplace, Armagh; Waterside Theatre, Derry and ?Old Courthouse, Antrim.

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