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All I’m reading is that Lorna Quinn is bringing flapjacks. You?

If I don’t get one of Lorna Quinn‘s delectable flapjacks at about 4pm on Sunday 31st January I will be most upset. Word is they are delectable.


Introduce yourself please. You can even describe yourself as if you are being introduced as a guest facilitator at a DYT workshop.
I am an actress. I hail from lovely Longford but I have been living in Dublin for ten years. I love running and generally keeping fit in the outdoors! When not working, I enjoy a trip to the cinema, the theatre, catching up with friends and family over a nice coffee or cozying up on the couch with a good Netflix documentary! I have been known to make delectable flapjacks in the past – Just saying!

Have you participated in The 24 Hour Plays in aid of Dublin Youth Theatre before? If yes what is your fondest/ most nightmare causing memories? If no what are you looking forward to/ terrified of?
No! But I have heard wonderful accounts from previous participants. I am most looking forward to the sheer blind terror of having so little time to prepare and the excitement and adrenaline which will ensue as a result! The comforting fact is that we are all in this together, and we are all collectively working against the clock, so there will be a wonderful sense of support and camaraderie amongst everyone. Bring it on!

If you could give your teenage self a piece of advice what would it be?
Don’t use supermarket hair dye. Buy a hair-straightener and don’t cut your friend Aoife’s hair with a paper scissors. Oh dear : / Apart from that, I would say enjoy these teenage years of your life, because as you get older things can become more serious: added responsibility, more independence, living away from home, earning money, finding a job etc! So, enjoy this time that you have in your teenage years to spend more time with your family and friends in an atmosphere of fun, doing the things you enjoy such as drama, sport, reading, writing, baking, creating, discovering, experimenting – whatever it is that YOU love – but follow your instincts – they are usually pretty accurate!

What theatrical experience has had the biggest impact on you?
Oh wow! This is a difficult question as I have been to many shows that have had a huge impact on me. One that always springs to mind is ‘All My Sons’ at ‘The Gate’ in 2009. It was so, so powerful and so moving. I found it so inspirational to see so many actors I admire on stage in this wonderful play, particularly as it was so early on in my own acting career. I had only graduated from ‘The Gaiety School’ in 2007. Prior to this, it was seeing my sister Elaine play ‘Henry Higgins’ in a school musical of ‘My Fair Lady’! She was wonderful and I was the proudest younger sister in the front row!

Describe the craziest costume you have ever worn. [I had to wear my jammies on stage once. My best friend was very concerned about everyone seeing my toes…]
I was a robot in a theatre production for ‘Backstage Youth Theatre’ in Longford. I had to wear a box over my head, my arms and my upper body. My lines were “Not Programmed, not programmed, not programmed!” over and over again! Fond memories!

Don’t miss Lorna Quinn’s contribution to The 24 Hour Plays in aid of Dublin supported by BNP Paribas Real Estate. Book your ticket now and see you on January 31 in the Abbey Theatre.

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