The artistic director of the Accidental Theatre directs new play Michelle & Arlene: Love in Las Vegas at the theatre company’s base in Belfast’s Shaftesbury Square from Thursday
What is your earliest memory?
Being covered with water on a beach, the cloudy water covering my eyes and the shock of the waves as they washed over me.
Who is the most important person in your life?
My partner, Elizabeth. We met performing in a theatre group together and I never looked back after I met her.
Shock us — tell us something surprising about yourself
I have some interesting tattoos, hidden.
What is your greatest fear?
No one coming to see my work. We work hard on our theatre shows — there are teams of people developing them for months and it’s all worth nothing unless the audiences come. They can love it or hate it, but we want them to come. Plug time: Michelle & Arlene: Love in Las Vegas, by Rosemary Jenkinson, is running from May 10 to 12 at the Accidental Theatre in Shaftesbury Square!
What makes you most happy?
Spending time cycling with Elizabeth, or just spending time with her at all.
And your biggest regret?
Not going to university at the same time as my schools friends. I waited a few years and, because of this, I have always felt a step behind ever since, though I would say that feeling also pushes me forward as well. But I lost touch with friends as a result.
How do you chill out?
I read, play computer games and watch Netflix. It’s all about finding interesting stories in all sorts of places that I can escape into and enjoy.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned in your life?
To do the best you can right now and be content that is enough. You can worry that it’s not as good as something or someone else, but that is the stage you’re at and its only for right now. Do your best, learn from it, draw a line under it, move on and apply what you’ve learned to the next thing you do. It’s a process and a journey.
The book, the song and the film that means the most to you, and why?
I like a lot of different books, films and songs, and I would use a lot of them as inspiration for work I do, so the ones that mean the most would be sentimental. My book choice would be the Hardy Boys books, because my nanny used to read them to me. The film(s) would be anything by Hitchcock, because he inspired me to create. The song would be Novocaine For The Soul by Eels, because it captures the essence of my childhood growing up in east Belfast perfectly.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
My weight. I gained weight in uni after a bout of glandular fever and have never really shifted it again. There’s always next year though. Michelle & Arlene: Love in Las Vegas, by Rosemary Jenkinson, runs from May 10 to 12 at Accidental Theatre, 12-13 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, at 8pm each night. For tickets (£11-£13), contact the box office on tel: 028 9032 5881 or visit www. accidentaltheatre.co.uk