Question of Culture
Garrett Keogh Actor
Because of Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad, I watched an entire TV series for the first time ever. So he gets the nod, notwithstanding that a cousin in Los Angeles fixes his cars.
The best stage production you've ever seen?
I saw Jackie McGowran's one-man Beckett show in the Gaiety when I was young. It wasn't that it had a profound effect on me; it was more like it made me feel at home.
Strangest experience you've had on stage?
I did a few performances in Mountjoy jail through the years, and I went to a few of their own productions. In one, this guy stood out. He was direct, measured, honest. Utterly believable. Having a cup of tea backstage, it turned out, that on the outside, he was a conman.
Last book you read and loved?
Kevin Barry's two books of short stories. Good acting deals with moments and knows the drama of the instant. His writing is surprising and dramatic in a sentence, in a phrase, in a word.
I stumbled across Oldboy -- the original Korean version -- earlier this year. I found myself telling others the story of it the same way we used to sit around on the street as kids and tell each other the whole of a film that we'd just seen.
Last film you saw and loved?
I liked Captain Phillips. Tom Hanks is always good, the new guy (Barkhad Abdi) was terrific, and I admired the skill of the director, Paul Greengrass, who made such visual drama out of a big ship turning around in the sea.
Best concert/gig you've ever seen?
My daughter loves Tony Bennett, and she took my mother and me to see him in the NCH. I suggested afterwards that we try to go backstage and say hello to the man. She only told me recently that she really regrets not doing it -- because she discovered that Bennett, like many performers, welcomes people who show their appreciation.
After our show one night on tour in Sligo a couple of months back, we caught a gig in Shoot The Crows. It's a great bar, and in the corner there was a session by a band called No Crows. They play trad -- fiddle, whistle, mandolin, guitar. But they also have a big mother of a double bass and a cello. They mix it with Klezmer, classical and jazz -- and there they were, playing three feet from my heart.
GARRETT KEOGH STARS IN 'A SKULL IN CONNEMARA' BY MARTIN MCDONAGH, WHICH RUNS AT THE GAIETY THEATRE, DUBLIN, FROM JANUARY 27 TO FEBRUARY 2.