Caitríóna Daly is one of our team of seven writers this year. You can find her on Twitter @caitrionadaly and on Medium where she is “typing and shouting.” A multitasker so. Last November Caitríona wrote “Test Dummy” which premiered in Theatre Upstairs last November and included Caitríona Ennis in the cast who is one of our valiant actors this year. Test Dummy was nominated for two Irish Times Theatre Awards last Saturday (Best Actress and Best New Play) so we are honoured to have Caitríona and Caitríona on board.
Caitríóna describes herself as “28. Female. Dublin. Reading. Writing. Laughing. Drinking. Loving. Malcolm Tucker.” To save you all the trouble this will explain why “Malcolm Tucker.” As I can’t see the video as my YouTube is in restricted mode everywhere to protect the innocent I am fairly definite that the linked video is NSFW. Enjoy!
When asked whether she had participated previously in The 24 Hour Plays in aid of Dublin Youth Theatre supported by BNP Paribas Real Estate, Caitríóna exclaimed, “Never before and I am terrified and excited in equal measure of the challenge it presents 😬” Casting her mind back to her own teenage years, Caitríona told us that her two great interests were “Theatre and dodgeball, naturally.”
Caitríona shared some insight into the pros and cons when it comes to responding to politics as a writer. When we asked her if she could work on any show what would it be, she wondered, “Does ‘Saturday Night Live’ count? That’s my dream job. I like the idea of being on the pulse of things that are happening in the world around us. Plays take time and while I wouldn’t sacrifice that time for anything there’s something about the urgency of social commentary in times of political unrest that really appeals to me.”
Lastly we wondered if time travel were possible would Caitríona go backwards or forwards? She replied, “I think I’d go back to my years in Dramsoc (UCD). I miss having a large black box at your disposal and all the exciting possibilities and experiments that came with it. No stress, just theatre.” Well we can certainly give you “just theatre” at The 24 Hour Plays; Dublin. “No stress” not so much…!!