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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

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - UPDATE - Richard Lav­ery

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

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