Who will play Mickybo?
In 2023 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.
Owen McCafferty's genius, early slice of theatre, Mojo Mickybo is set in Belfast in 1970. At the height of the Troubles, two young boys – Mojo (John Travers) from ‘up the road’, and Mickybo (Conor Quinn) from ‘over the bridge’ – strike up a friendship despite their different backgrounds. They share a love for the ‘flicktures’ and an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and spend their days rolling down hills, building huts, smoking their first ‘fegs’ and dreaming of moving to Australia.
The play is a modern classic and this new revival of it by Bruiser production is outstanding to the point of having been nominated (and won) many awards.
Let's chat with Conor Quinn (who plays Mickybo). His answers to our quickfire questionnaire might surprise you!
Q- Tell us about yourself
A- My name is Conor Quinn, and I’m from Banbridge town in The County Down .
Q- What will you play in Birr
A- I’ll be playing Mickybo in Mojo Mickybo.
Q- Who is your biggest influence?
A- My biggest influence is probably my Mum!
Q- Describe yourself as a 10-year-old.
A- I was a bit of a Mojo at school and a Mickybo at home. Sorry Mum and Dad!
I was also a bit of a nerd.
Q- What’s your best on stage memory?
A- My best onstage memory is probably singing the final number in ‘Into The Woods’ in our opening show, and finishing my first professional performance.
Q- What’s your worst on stage memory?
A- My worst onstage memory was when we did a production of ‘Grease’ in High School and I have Sandy a piggyback off the stage. It didn’t end well for either of us!
Q- Where are you at your happiest?
A- I’m at my happiest in the Mournes on a sunny day with family / friends.
Q- What’s your favourite colour?
Q- What’s the last book you enjoyed?
A- The last book I enjoyed was ‘The Song Of Achilles’
Q- What's the last Play or Film that you enjoyed?
A- The last film I enjoyed was ‘Big George Foreman’. The last play I enjoyed was ‘Agreement' at The Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
Q- What’s your favourite song of all time?
A- I can’t pick an all-time favourite, but if I had to pick a 70’s one to suit the theme of Mojo Mickybo, I’d say We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters.
Conor will take to our stage in "Mojo Mickybo" on Saturday the 10th of june from 8pm.
Tickets available online here or through our box office : 057 9122911