Arts Q&A: Philippa O’Hara on Queen, Girl Gaga and Jaws being ‘the right movie’

Arts Q&A: Philippa O'Hara on Queen, Lady Gaga and Jaws being 'the perfect film'

1. When did you concentrate on a profession in theatre and what have been your first steps into it??I’ve at all times liked to sing and act. A few of our earliest household pictures are of me with a microphone. I studied Performing Arts at BIFHE, a much-revered course based mostly in Belfast that sadly does not exist anymore. I then had the chance to complete my diploma at Queen’s College.

After uni, I attended plenty of auditions for various initiatives together with the acclaimed present Over The Rainbow, the BBC and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seek for a brand new Dorothy, gaining a decent place within the high 20 out of 10,000 performers. I by no means actually settled in London nonetheless, as I’m a little bit of a house chicken, so I returned to Belfast and was solid because the lead in a pantomime and I have never seemed again since.??2. Greatest gigs you’ve got been to?

Girl Gaga’s Monster Ball on the Odyssey Enviornment in 2010 was unbelievable; it was extra of a theatre expertise than a live performance. I noticed Bon Iver in Memphis in 2019 – I would not be the largest Bon Iver fan however what he achieved with sound that night time was spectacular. It was a sonic extravaganza and it blew me away. Can I cheat for my third alternative? My sister, Jolene, and I received to sing with the Ulster Orchestra within the SSE Enviornment for Lush! Classical and it’s at all times essentially the most superb night time. We get to sing dwell in entrance of 11,000 folks with all of the bells and whistles and it’s only a dream come true. ??3. Fantasy marriage ceremony/celebration band??This may be a combo of Freddie Mercury, Prince, Stevie Marvel, The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout and Bette Midler.??4. The report you’d take to a desert island??Can I convey a mixtape? If I completely had to decide on only one album it will most likely be Made In Heaven by Queen. I simply love the texture of the album and it jogs my memory of being a teen. It was the very last thing Freddie Mercury ever labored on and his vocal simply soars on it regardless of his sickness. However I might actually battle with out some Prince or Stevie Marvel to hearken to.??5. And the guide??I am actually into true crime and love all of John E Douglas’s books. They’re undoubtedly not for the faint of coronary heart so method with warning.??6. Prime three movies??Jaws is my favorite film – I believe it is good and by no means get uninterested in watching it. I additionally love The Silence of the Lambs – Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins are beautiful in it. My third alternative is a tie between The ‘Burbs and Ace Ventura When Nature Calls. I really like a very good, foolish comedy.??7. Worst movie you’ve got seen??I hated the remake of The Hills Have Eyes. It was far too disturbing. I left the cinema after about 20 minutes. It was terrible.

?8. Favorite authors? ?Carl Sagan, John E Douglas and Larry McMurtry.??9. Sport you most get pleasure from??I really like tennis and adore Roger Federer.??10. Very best vacation vacation spot??Bora Bora, an island within the South Pacific, seems like absolute paradise.??11. Pet hates??I hate unkindness and insincerity. I am additionally not a fan of loud eaters.??12. What’s your favorite:?Dinner? I really like my mum’s Sunday roast. She makes it with all of the trimmings each Sunday and it’s to die for.?Dessert? I really like cheesecake – any flavour.?Drink? You possibly can’t beat a very good pint of Guinness.??13. Who’s your greatest good friend and the way have you learnt one another??My sister Jolene is my greatest good friend.??14. Is there a God??I contemplate myself an agnostic atheist – work that one out.

:: Philippa O’Hara might be performing in Cahoots NI’s upcoming on-line present the College of Marvel & Creativeness. The distinctive present permits audiences to successfully direct the efficiency, based mostly on their interplay with the performers. It opens on the Belfast Worldwide Arts Competition from October 22-25 and October 29-November 1. For extra info or to guide go to or

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