Geraldine aron

Playwright

Last book you read?

I'm currently enjoying Mr Pip, by Lloyd Jones.

Favourite book?

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen comes to mind, and anything by Anne Tyler.

Favourite film?

Very hard to choose because of all the categories, but Amadeus is pretty well perfect. I loved Little Miss Sunshine and The Shawshank Redemption.

Favourite painter?

Mark Rothko, although I got more information about him than I needed via headphones at the recent Tate Modern show. It seems he was a bitter soul and it's a myth that his dark works were painted as his suicidal depression grew. In fact, he painted very bright ones as he neared the end.

Favourite radio show, or presenter?

The BBC Radio 4 people in the morning, which is the only time I listen.

Favourite piece of music?

Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland.

Favourite country to visit?

South Africa, Cape Town in particular. Breathtakingly beautiful. Friendly people. No jetlag.

Favourite TV show?

I'm a bit ashamed to say I am mad about Dexter, because usually I hate violence.

Food?

As my last meal I'd request a classic roast dinner. If followed by trifle, so much the better.

Wine?

Unfortunately, I'm allergic to wine. Brandy and ginger ale is my favourite drink.

Biggest influence in your professional life?

Playwright Robert Patrick, author of Kennedy's Children. He encouraged me to write anything I wanted to, regardless of length or subject, and not to be mindful of what's in or out.

Cultural blindspot?

The way councils spend money drives me mad. Funds withdrawn from brave little theatrical venues.

Druid's production of My Brilliant Divorce by Geraldine Aron runs at The Ramor Theatre, Cavan, tonight (March 7), and at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre from March 9-14. See www.druid.ie

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