We ask our visiting artists to tell us a little bit about themselves. We hope that these short questionnaires will reveal something that you didn't know or expect about them.
Paddy Cullivan has performed his sold-out historical entertainment shows all over Ireland and beyond. He presents political and histrorical events from past and present in a new and exciting way incorporating songs, imagery and his own unique, passionate insight.
And he will be on stage again, in Birr in the fantastically well reviewed "The Murder of Michael Collins" on the 20th of January.
But really, who is Paddy Cullivan? His answers to our quickfire questionnaire might surprise you!
Q- Tell us about yourself
A- I’m a musician and historical entertainer. A writer and actor on ‘Callan’s Kicks’ and lead singer with The Camembert Quartet who were Ryan Tubridy’s house band for 15 years. I was also the third wheel in David McWilliams and Naoise Nunn’s ‘Leviathan Political Cabaret’ since 2005. Since 2016 my ‘10 Dark Secrets’ multimedia shows have toured all over Ireland and beyond. My online shows ‘The Murder of Wolfe Tone’ and ‘The Murder of Michael Collins’ brought all my visual and musical skill to bear, thrilled audiences and defenestrated official narratives with new research and incredible findings. In their natural live setting, the ‘Murder’ shows will leave you shocked at how little you knew - and how much more you want to…
Q- What will you play in Birr
A- ‘The Murder of Michael Collins’ will blow you away - a story you think you knew but that shocks with every twist and turn. False trails and accusations that can’t absolve those who pushed the official narrative - Collins had no inquest, inquiry, autopsy or death cert after Béal na Blath. Why?
Q- Who is your biggest influence?
A- Stephen Dunford - historian, musician, historical re-enactor and all-round genius who sadly left us in 2020. Stephen filled everyone he knew with enthusiasm.
Q- Describe yourself as a 10-year-old.
A- Exactly the same as now, artistic, ambitious and wide-eyed!
Q- What’s your best on stage memory?
A- A standing ovation in Liberty Hall theatre in Dublin last August - my largest audience yet for ‘The Murder of Michael Collins’ - all the more enjoyable as it is so hard to fill a venue in the middle of Summer!
Q- What’s your worst on stage memory?
A- A lady had a stroke during my show in Belfast! I thought it was my performance - she recovered later and I’m assured it wasn’t my fault!
Q- Where are you at your happiest?
A- Performing onstage / conceiving new work …
Q- What’s your favourite colour?
A- Green of course!
Q- What’s the last book you enjoyed?
A- The Siege of Malta by Ernle Bradford.
Q- What's the last Play or Film that you enjoyed?
A- I ‘enjoyed’ Napoleon as I love Ridley Scott - whether it was historically true or even fair is another matter…
Q- What’s your favourite song of all time?
A- Prince - ‘Mountains’ )
Paddy will take to the stage in "The Murder of Michael Collins" on Saturday 20th of January from 8pm.
Tickets available online here or through our box office : 057 9122911