Fiona Looney who describes herself “Writer, dreamer, big goose. Patron saint of aul’ wans.” has been here before. She wrote It’s the end of the world and I feel hungry in 2013 which was directed by Alan King and included Stefanie Preissner in the cast. They are also both returning this year as an actor and director respectively so it will be like a grand reunion or group therapy. One or the other.
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We asked Fiona what left the greatest impression on her back in 2013, “The most challenging part was when my body started wondering why I was in Temple Bar on a Saturday night at 3am and I wasn’t drunk. Also the bit when I put my arm around Peter Coonan in the bar afterwards and he looked genuinely terrified.”
Peter may have had good call to be terrified as Fiona says that as a teenager her biggest preoccupation was, “Boys and music, and especially boys who played music.”
We’re all dreamers at The 24 Hour Plays in aid of Dublin Youth Theatre supported by BNP Paribas Real Estate so we wondered if Fiona could produce any play with any actor living or dead what would she do? “It would be Mrs Jordan, a criminally unproduced play by, eh, me.” she quipped. “If we’re really going nuts, I suppose I could cast Dora Jordan, the 18th century Dublin actress who became the toast of Drury Lane and mistress to a king, in the title role. Either that or anything with Zac Efron in it.” Peter was DEFINITELY right to be terrified so.
Finally we wondered if Fiona could time travel would she go backwards or forwards. She chose forwards. Why? “I’d go forward to about 11pm on Sunday 29th January. Mainly to see if the Dubs win the O’Byrne Cup, but also, there’s this theatre thing…” Can we come in your time machine too? But we’d like to watch The 24 Hour Plays: Dublin on catch-up TV on Monday though please!
Click here to book your tickets for The 24 Hour Plays in aid of Dublin Youth Theatre supported by BNP Paribas Real Estate online from The Abbey Theatre website.