One of our writers this year, Sam Atwell is an Aussie living in Ireland for the craic and the weather, Sam predominantly works in television and is the Series Consultant for Fair City. He cut his television teeth on Home and Away as an actor, director, editor and writer. He has written and directed for theatre and enjoyed four Sydney seasons of his play, Bondi Dreaming, which was inspired by the Bali Nine. He’s gobsmacked by the talent and passion of Irish theatre and had the thrill of writing a short play for Under My Bed. Locked and loaded with caffeine, he’s ecstatic to be a part of The 24 Hour Plays.
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.
An Aussie bloke exploring Europe and the world and it’s stories. Trying to wrangle them all in his head to create new ones.
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?
Not yet but I have been to the last two years and loved it. I was in a comfy audience seat though so the idea of having no sleep watching actors try and decipher my words on the Abbey stage with me there to yell at makes the heart pump a bit.
When you were a teenager what was your greatest interest?
Acting and everything that went with it.
If you could work on any film or play with anyone living or dead what production and who would it be? Why?
I would have loved to have picked oranges with Brando in The Godfather, helped Big Will stage MacBeth and see Stanislavski direct Three Sisters
If you could time travel would you go forward or back and why?
I’d go back, way back to check if this whole Adam and Eve thing was true.