Meet Una McKevitt, one of our six directors this year. You can find out more about Una on her website www.unamckevitt.com. Her production company, UMCK Productions, is committed to making art disguised as entertainment. Definitely our cup of tea!
We thought it might be fun to ask all our participants a few searching questions so they can swot up on each other before the big day and so you can have an idea of the emotional baggage they are bringing to the weekend. To kick off we asked Una how her granny might describe her and she responded “41 year old juvenile delinquent.”
We swiftly moved on from that for fear of legal action and asked her what she is most looking forward to at The 24 Hour Plays in aid of Dublin Youth Theatre supported by BNP Paribas Real Estate? “Oh definitely the 30 minute tech time!” she says only to have our producer Eva C. Scanlan, eavesdropping nearby, say, “Ahem TWENTY minute tech time!”
“Even better!” says she, undaunted. Fearlessness is a key personality trait for our #24HrDub directors.
As all the proceeds from The 24 Hour Plays: Dublin go to Dublin Youth Theatre, an ensemble for young people we were curious about how the teenage Una might feel about her adult self. We asked “What would Teenage Una find most surprising about “Adult” Una?”
Her reply “That I still live with my parents” could be read as an indictment of the management of the financial crisis in Ireland, the undervaluing of artists in Irish society or you could just pity her poor parents. (see 41 year old juvenile delinquent above.)
Then we decided to get serious and asked Una if you could change one thing about theatre in Ireland what would it be? Obviously my time in DYT was wasted because I didn’t convey the serious tone and Una replied, “The geographical location.” but we have to agree. We’ll particularly have to agree if it’s raining at 7am on January 29th 2017.
Lastly, becuase I am a total geek, we asked her was her preference for Period Drama or Sci-fi and why? She immediately responded that her preference was Sci-fi because she says, “They never cast Coin Firth.”
We’d cast you, Colin, in a flash. And we’ve even done Sci-fi before at #24HrDub. Twice last year!
The editors of this blog post would just like to let Colin Firth and his agent know that the views expressed are entirely those of Una McKevitt and we would like to know if Colin is free of a Sunday in early 2018 by any chance…? Or 2019…? Kthxbai.