Gráinne Good

Ac­tor Gráinne Good on Willy Wonka, crispy chips and be­ing part of the Twi­light gen­er­a­tion

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On lessons learned from Willy Wonka


2017 was the year of music for me. I went to see so many acts live but the band I lis­tened to the most is The 1975. I was writ­ing a play for a the­atre festival and their al­bum I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beau­ti­ful Yet So

Un­aware of It helped me: their sound is very dark and it in­spired the process. One of my favourite songs is Lov­ing

Some­one, es­pe­cially be­cause what I got from it when I was lis­ten­ing to it at home was very dif­fer­ent to when I saw them in Malahide Cas­tle, when they had rain­bow flags in the back­ground.


I watched the 1971 ver­sion of Willy

Wonka and the Choco­late Fac­tory for the first time the other day and I fell in love with Gene Wilder. He didn’t over­act be­cause it was a kid’s film. As an ac­tor, it showed me that no mat­ter who your role is aimed at, or how­ever big or small it is, if you put in the ef­fort to de­liver an hon­est per­for­mance, it can have a huge im­pact.


I was in Am­s­ter­dam re­cently, and I liked it more than I thought I would. Ev­ery­one was so nice and wel­com­ing it felt like home. The only dif­fer­ence from Dublin is all the bi­cy­cles – I nearly got hit so many times. My boyfriend and I went ice skat­ing (where I re­alised I can’t ice skate) and the Van Gogh Mu­seum. It was in­ter­est­ing to hear that he was most pro­lific not when he was tor­mented, but when he was happy.


I saw Let The Right One In re­cently at the Abbey The­atre, about a 12-year-old boy and a vam­pire. As soon as I found out about the plot I had to see it as soon as pos­si­ble. I love that kind of thing, I’m part of the Twi­light gen­er­a­tion. I was to­tally blown away by the play, it was beau­ti­fully done. I’d seen Katie Ho­nan, who plays Eli, in other pro­duc­tions and I knew she’d be great.


I watch a YouTu­ber called Shane Daw­son, and he has a pod­cast called

Shane and Friends, which I like be­cause he talks about mod­ern is­sues in a frank man­ner. In a world where we have to be care­ful what we say, he just says what he means. I ad­mire that he’s not afraid of be­ing open. He’s bi­sex­ual and he’s hon­est about his life and his re­la­tion­ships too.


I had a dis­pos­able cam­era in Am­s­ter­dam, and it was nice not to have my phone out all the time. I took it to be de­vel­oped to­day and I can’t re­mem­ber what I took pictures of, so I can’t wait to see how they’ll turn out.

TV show

I watched The Sin­ner on Net­flix, a drama star­ring Jes­sica Biel, which was in­cred­i­bly dark and in­tense. I al­ways try to pre­dict the end of shows but it kept tak­ing me by sur­prise and go­ing in un­ex­pected places. At the end, it af­fected me for a day or two af­ter­wards, but I love when a show or play can do that to me.


That’s Beshoffs in Dublin, which I nor­mally go to be­fore plays. It’s al­ways a quick ser­vice, and they’re re­ally nice in there. They usu­ally have good songs play­ing too. Most im­por­tantly, the chips there are per­fect: they’re crispy and nice, not too sloppy or full of salt and vine­gar.

Gráin­neGood­is­ap­pearing­inSive at The Gai­ety The­atre, Dublin, from Jan­uary 26th to March 3rd

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