Next up on our Q&A series is Aonghus Óg McAnally. He is Artistic Director of Rise Productions, an award winning theatre company who even have their very own podcast. All the rage these days, of course.
Have you taken part in THE 24 HOUR PLAYS before?
Yes I performed in the very first year of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS when it was on in Project Arts. I performed in The Waiting Room By Elaine Murphy. It was directed By Willie White who was assisted Neil Douglas and it also starred Georgina McKevitt, Rory Murphy, and Jacinta Sheerin
What was the highlight of your previous experience?
Sitting in the wings watching Paul Reid’s interpretive dance finale in the very first year – that boy’s got rhythm to spare.
What is the most memorable dramatic experience you have had, and why?
As an audience member: when Caitriona Ennis took my hand in Anu’s incredible Boys of Foley Street.
As an Artist: The standing ovation at the end of Fight Night when we played my hometown of Portmarnock.
When did you first know you wanted to be involved in the performing arts?
Acting is the family business, I’m a 3rd generation actor – there was never any choice what I’d end up doing.
Who (living or dead) would you most like to work with?
I’d give anything to have shared a stage with my Grandad, Ray McAnally.
Tell us a little about your next big project.
I’m about to do the world premiere of Gary Duggan’s new play, Run/Don’t Run, and I’ll follow that immediately with a 20-venue nationwide tour of the last Rise Productions show, The Games People Play.
What are you anticipating the most about THE 24 HOUR PLAYS?
The delicious glass of 12 year old whiskey I’ll be having the second I walk off stage. [Ed: Do the actors have riders…??!!]
Sum up your feelings about THE 24 HOUR PLAYS in five words or less!
Sweet Mother of Devine Jaysus!
Get a taste of Aonghus in action in the trailer for Fight Night below.