Caoimhe O’Malley is an actor from Dublin and graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting Full Time Acting Course in June 2011, and was awarded the Gaiety School Theatre Bursary in 2010. Caoimhe most recently appeared in the feature film The Randomer written by Gerry Stembridge, which premiered in the Galway Film Fleadh in 2016. Onstage she recently appeared in The Constant Wife, in the Gate Theatre, directed by Alan Stanford. Recent theatre credits include Gloria in You Never Can Tell, at the Abbey Theatre, directed by Conall Morrison, and Mary Boyle in Juno and the Paycock, directed by Mark O’Rowe at the Gate Theatre. She recently completed filming on Soulsmith, a feature film, written and directed by Kevin Henry and The Wave, written and directed by TJ O’Grady Peyton and Oscar Winning director Benjamin Cleary. While Caoimhe in rehearsals for The Unmanageable Sisters at The Abbey Theatre we’re delighted to give her this opportunity for a practice run before the actual run in The Abbey Theatre!
Introduce yourself please. You can even describe yourself as your granny would.
Actor, Voice Over Artist, Writer, Theatre maker person, Philosophy reading Yogi, Session-moth extremist.
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’m looking forward to meeting and working with all the incredible talent involved, and raising money for DYT, such an amazing organisation! Funnily the most terrifying part is the thought of the ‘meet and greet’ with all the creatives. I’m not the best at public speaking when i’m being myself and not a character.
When you think back to yourself as a teenager what change in yourself has been most surprising to you as an adult?
When I was a teenager I worried A LOT, about EVERYTHING. I relied heavily on others to help me. I still worry now, but I suppose the years have made me able to manage it all slightly better. Now I’m in a place where I am able to help my friends and others through tough times, and that’s something I never thought I would be able to do.
If you could change one thing about theatre in Ireland what would it be? Woah! #Deep
More female led plays. As an actor I want to play fully rounded, strong, characters, who don’t just react to a male protagonist, but who think and act independently. Now don’t get me wrong I absolutely LOVE men. They’re fabulous and grow some stunningly beautiful beards. But a dramatic female led, female heavy cast, with some beautiful beards – now that’s the future!
Period Drama or Sci-fi? Why?
I refuse to choose between my two loves! Jane Austen is my life, but I also grew up with 3 older brothers, so I can Out-Trekkie the best of them. I’ve performed in my fair share of period dramas, but anything with a Star on front of it, Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate (Both the Kurt Russell AND the Richard Dean Anderson version) I am on it!
Dream Role? Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice meets Wonder Woman Amazonian warriors. Stranger things have happened people!! (You betcha! Most of them at #24HrDub!)