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Q&A with Marie Ruane, actor, #24hrDub 2015

She liked it so much she came back for more! Marie Ruane acted in IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT AND I FEEL HUNGRY by FIONA LOONEY in 2013. It was directed by ALAN KING (current chair of Dublin Youth Theatre, fact finders!) who was assisted by AINE O’HARA. She shared the stage with PAULINE McLYNN and STEFANIE PREISSNER and made us ALL feel very hungry. I’d say there was a run on the Tayto at the interval.

Marie Ruane
Marie Ruane

Have you taken part in THE 24 HOUR PLAYS before?

Yes I’m a #24HrDub veteran!

What was the highlight of your previous experience?

The fact that I survived it! I think that all actors, at some stage have the nightmare that they appear onstage being totally unrehearsed, forgetting lines and pretty much chancing their arm. Well I lived through it and it wasn’t all that bad. In fact I quite enjoyed it.

What is the most memorable dramatic experience you have had, and why?

Oh so many, but I’ll go for the most unprofessional one (obviously as a means of impressing no one!) but it has to be trying to keep it together during a show when the entire stage of actors corpsed. I still sweat when I think about it.

When did you first know you wanted to be involved in the performing arts?

I don’t think that there was one one specific moment. It was always something that I had an interest in from an early age and I was lucky that my interest was nurtured.

Who (living or dead) would you most like to work with?

Mike Leigh and obviously the entire troupe involved with the 24hr plays this year at the Abbey.

Tell us a little about your next big project.

I’m currently focusing on a devised docu-drama piece about emigration. In the final stages of funding approval so won’t talk too much about that.

I am involved in one of RTE’s Storyland projects this year called ‘Rapt’ which will be released on RTE Player on Feb 9th and screened on tv later this year.

What are you anticipating the most about THE 24 HOUR PLAYS?

The few minutes before the curtain. Two years ago I still had my script in hand just as I was about to walk on stage. The nerves! But it was all worth it.

Sum up your feelings about THE 24 HOUR PLAYS in five words or less!

An amazing, terrifying and sheer delightful experience.

You can see Marie Ruane in action in this short film, Foxes, by Lorcan Finnegan.

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