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A Perfect Piece of Theatre from Derry Girls' Siobhan McSweeney

Siobhan McSweeney plays one of the best small screen characters at the moment, Sister Michael, and j...
Clara Kavanagh
Clara Kavanagh

5:10 PM - 10 May 2020



Weekend Breakfast With Alison Curtis

A Perfect Piece of Theatre from Derry Girls' Siobhan McSweeney

Clara Kavanagh
Clara Kavanagh

5:10 PM - 10 May 2020

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Siobhan McSweeney plays one of the best small screen characters at the moment, Sister Michael, and just took part in #DearIreland, a massive and innovative project to keep the Abbey Theatre in our lives.

The Abbey commissioned writers like Enda Walsh, Sonya Kelly and Stacey Gregg, to write five- to 10-minute monologues.

Each script is performed and filmed by 50 actors, often at home including Brendan Gleeson, Nicola Coughlan, Seána Kerslake and Siobhan McSweeney.

The piece performed by Siobhan McSweeney recalled the famous city character, Katty Barry - a famous Cork character who owned and ran a shebeen on Dalton's Avenue near the Coal Quay.

In the performance, Siobhan played Katty as she might be today - she died in 1982 - and how she would be coping with the current pandemic.

Watch her performance here:

Katty became so famous that she had a verse composed in her honour in the famous Cork anthem, The Boys of Fairhill.

Alison and Siobhan also caught up on season three of Derry Girls and how Siobhan's getting on in lockdown in London.

Listen back by pressing the play button at the top of the screen.

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