5 Questions with Grace O’Connell

graceoconnellWhat is your favourite swear word?
My favourite tends to be whatever comes out at the most inappropriate of moments. “Fuck”, in the style of Four Weddings And A Funeral, is kind of my go to, however.

What are you wearing?
I’m off to a rehearsal so I’m wearing a pair of Blundstones and a vintage Italian army shirt. Practical shabby.

What is love?
The last thing you expect to get and the first thing you expect to lose.

What was the last show you saw, and how many stars do you give it?
I am ashamed to say that it was a couple of months ago now, but the last show I saw was The Winter’s Tale directed by John Bell (for Bell Shakespeare). The entire play was set in a child’s bedroom which gave it this indelible lightness making the storytelling quite haunting. He littered it with these fantastic Cat Stevens-esque moments as well which were brilliantly crafted. I’d give it 4/5 stars.

Is your new show going to be any good?
It will rip the audience apart. So, yes, it will be very good. There is no way about it but to say that you’ll get a brutal slap in the face while having all of your social, moral and political structures questioned. It’s the play that famously divides audiences and thats what we expect to do. I think that is exactly what makes good theatre, something that will intellectually challenge an audience in an exceptionally profound way.

Grace O’Connell is appearing in Oleanna, by David Mamet.
Show dates: 25 Jun – 6 Jul, 2014
Show venue: Sydney Theatre School