STRANGE FLOWERS By Donal Ryan Role: Narrator Listen to excerpt ‘Read it in two sittings, loved it. Especially enjoyed the reader who was quite superb.’ – Ross (Audible reviewer)
‘Full of unexpected twists and turns and you’re never sure where it is headed – but it all becomes clear in the end. Magnificently narrated.’ – Patrick (Audible Review)
THE STORY OF WATER Irish Water Documentary, Virgin Media The Story Of Water’ is a documentary that focuses on the critical value of our most precious natural resource and explores the ongoing threats to its future – both globally and in Ireland. Watch the doc Role: Narrator
IRELAND’S REFUGEE HOTEL BBC/TV3 Documentary following the stories of Muslim Syrian refugees as they arrive in a small town in Ireland, discovering the role that faith has played in their journey. Watch Clip Role: Narrator
JEAN RHYS COLLECTED SHORT STORIES Collected by Linda Grant Role: Reader Listen to podcast on RTE Radio One: The Book Show In this special hour long episode Sinéad Gleeson speaks to British writer Linda Grant about the life and work of Jean Rhys (1890 – 1979). She is the Dominican born author of many stories and novels set in England, Paris and the Caribbean. They are stories of women who struggle with poverty, alienation, alcoholism and their reliance on (often uncaring) men. Writer Colm O’Shea looks at Rhys’ most famous novel Wide Sargasso Sea – a ‘prequel’ to Jane Eyre – and discusses the world of bedsits and hotels her characters inhabit. We also hear readings of Rhys’ work by the actress Donna Anita Nikolaisen.
Speech read by Leah Minto at Liberty Hall, Dublin as part of International Women’s Day and the Waking the Feminists movement.
“When I first decided to become a professional actor my sister Jacqui warned me that it would be hard to find roles in Ireland owing to my ethnicity. “It’s a visual medium” she said, “You don’t look Irish Donna!” I didn’t believe her. After all, I was born in Holles St and brought up in Cork. Sure, how much more Irish does a girl need to be? However, in time, I grew to learn that she was, for the most part, right. Most of the roles in theatre that I have been lucky enough to play have been race related. And although it gave me great pride to play these characters, who both needed and deserved a voice, it also deeply frustrated me that I was somehow excluded from many roles in classic, period and contemporary plays. Actors need roles not just to make a living but more importantly to develop their craft. Read more…
DIVERSITY IN CASTING FOR STAGE AND SCREEN Listen to podcast on RTE Radio One: Arena Casting agent Maureen Hughes, actress Donna Anita Nikolaisen and director of Abbey Theatre Graham McLaren discuss the issue of diversity in casting for stage and screen.