Spotlight interview with Pat Nolan
Over the next few weeks we are running a series of interviews with the facilitators who will be hosting workshops at this years Dalkey Creates Festival.Today we caught up with Pat Nolan.
Pat is a theatre workshop facilitator at The Gaiety School of Acting, Sallynoggin Colllege and IADT. He is also a member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators. He has recently written a play with Rose Henderson, Take off your Cornflakes, which was selected for Fishamble’s Show in a Bag at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival.
Q. What did you want to be when you were a child?
Hadn't a clue.A footballer. I also heard electricians got paid well so I thought that might be interesting. Then an uncle told me how he and his twin brother were in the Post Ofﬁce. So at 16 I became a Junior Postman.Soon after that I joined the Drama Group in my local Youth Club and it was downhill from there.
Q. Do you have a routine in your creative practice?
I consider myself an eternal student, so between performances I read a lot, people watch,watch movies and plays. As an actor the work is easy (we love to work)but the times between the work is where you can get lost, the ﬁre can go out.
Q. Which work of art do you wish you had created?
I read Van Goghs letters I was a young man starting out and it inspired me. I still recommend it to acting students. I suppose ‘Sunﬂowers ‘ would be a good one. It’s a good gateway into his life and work, and to art itself.
Q. If you could give any advice to someone starting out on your path, what would it be?
Ask yourself, are you in it for the applause, the money, or as a vocation. You can forget about the ﬁrst two. Get training. There was Theatre before you came into the business, ﬁnd out about it. This will help take the pressure off.It’s all been done before.
Q. Who would you like to meet that you haven't already?
A major inﬂuence on my life and work was David Bowie, but it’s too late now.
Q. What would you ask them?
I came close to meeting him a couple of time but I ‘chickened out’. Never meet your heroes and all that. I was always curious about the ﬁght he had with Lou Reed,I would have liked to have known what happened there.
Q. Which actor would play you in the ﬁlm of your life?
I think a comedian could do a good job,Peter Kay,Ricky Gervais, or Louis C.K. Lots of laughs, a black comedy.
Pat will be hosting a workshop called 'An Introduction to Acting' on Sunday October 22nd.