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Mark O’Brien ran away with the circus in his head. Now for the circus outside his head!

Mark O'Brien, Director
Mark O’Brien, Director

Our next director in the hot seat is Mark O’Brien. Mark is the Director of axis, Ballymun. Theatre directing credits include; for axis, ‘Bang Bang’, ‘Tea Chests and Dreams’ and ‘The Parting Glass’ by Dermot Bolger (touring nationally and Internationally), ‘Glimmer’ by Joe Flavin, ‘Stór’ by Ciaran Taylor, ‘The Good Father’ by Christian O’ Reilly, ‘Cleaners’ by Colm Maher, ‘Waiting for Elvis’ by Eileen Gibbons,  Other work include ‘Shorts’ (Fishamble), ‘Jack Fell down’, (Team) ‘The Welcome’ (Druid), ‘Pass the Parcel’ (The Ark), ‘Sparkleshark’ (Draiocht), ‘Hype’ (Broke Theatre Co.),‘The Oresteia’ (Galloping Cat), ‘A Soldiers Tale’ (Co-Opera). Mark also practices as a composer / sound designer and has facilitated theatre workshops nationally and internationally.

Introduce yourself please. You can even describe yourself in the style of a chat show host describing your whole complex life in two sentences if you are feeling like a life-affirming challenge.

Hi I’m Mark. I ran away with the circus in my head many moons ago and have spent my time trying to maintain a semblance of normality ever since

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 I haven’t. I’m looking forward to jumping into a 24 hour adventure with a great bunch of people for a brilliant cause, and looking forward to seeing what we can make.

When you were a teenager what was your greatest interest?

Music, Listening to Music, Playing Music, Manchester United, Books and Luke Kelly

If you could work on any film or play with anyone living or dead what production and who would it be? Why?

Would love Joe Cazale to still be alive and to direct him as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. Loved him as an actor and think he would be magnificent in the part.

If you could time travel would you go forward or back and why?

Back. To the early 60’s to Liverpool so I could make friends with John and Paul

You can follow Mark on twitter @obrienmark, find him on Facebook or Instagram.

Looking forward to meeting you at The 24 Hour Plays in aid of Dublin Youth Theatre supported by BNP Paribas Real Estate. Tickets available online or call Abbey Theatre Box Office on  (01) 87 87 222.