20 questions with... Clare Barrett


What is your first memory?
Going to Galway city library with my Mam and little sister. We’d be sitting on the ledge by the window with the sun on our backs and I’d look at picture books and wait for my older brother and sister to root through the shelves.

The last thing you think about before falling asleep is...
I’m not great at switching off at night, so there is always twenty thoughts running through my mind!

Who is the most interesting person you've ever met?
I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Robinson after a play I was in, I was completely star struck but she lived up to and exceeded all my expectations.

Have you ever been in love? 

Who would be your ideal dinner guest?
Can I invite Ruth Bader Gingsberg, Roald Dahl and Lucille Ball please and if one or all can come I'm be delighted.

Happiness is...
The ocean. Walking by it. Dipping your toes into it. And above all else swimming in it!

Who do you love?
My fiancé, family and friends.

What could you not live without?
Laughter and my toothbrush.

Tell us a secret.
If I did I'd have to kill ya!

Why are we here?
To eat, drink and be merry!

What's your greatest vice?
Hot chocolate

You are inspired by...
People who overcome adversity with grace and dignity.

The song you're most likely to sing at karaoke is...
Diana Ross’ Chain Reaction

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Going back to bed with a good book when you are suppose to be adulting!

What is your happiest memory?
Camping in Connemara with my family as a child.

Where is your favourite place in the whole world?
Salthill, Galway at sunset..

The movie/s you could watch again and again is/are...
The Princess Bride, Il Postino and It's A Wonderful Life

What makes you angry?

What would you like to be remembered for?
She was small but she had a big heart.

What are you working on right now?
I'm currently working with Livin Dred on their production of Mark Doherty's TRAD.

Clare Barrett joins Livin' Dred Theatre Company for a tour of the award winning play Trad. Trad opens at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire on April 5 before touring nationwide. Visit www.livindred.ie for dates and tickets.

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