Sunday 17 December 2017

Why Aoibhin Garrihy hopes her bum does look big for her latest role

Aoibhin Garrihy
Aoibhin Garrihy
Aoibhin Garrihy.

Eimear Rabbitt

Period dramas are her forte, but it looks like Aoibhin Garrihy is getting a bum deal for her latest role.

Ex-Fair City star Aoibhin will soon tread the boards once again for her latest stage show, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The recent dress rehearsals at the Gate Theatre took a humorous turn when Aoibhin tried on a new addition to her costume - a bum pad.

The 28-year-old actress will use the prop to add a little oomph to her costume when she takes on the role of Gwendoline Fairfax.

Aoibhin Garrihy.
Aoibhin Garrihy.

As is often the case with period drama garb, the bum pad is used to bulk out the extravagant dresses that were all the rage in the 1800s.

But super-slim Aoibhin was taking it all in her stride, jokingly asking "Does my bum look big in this?" during costume fitting.

Aoibhin will join Gate Theatre boss Michael Colgan and the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest when they head to South Carolina for the Spoleto Festival in May.

It's not the only unconventional wardrobe feature that Aoibhin will have to get to grips with during the production.

"I'm back into the corsets," she told the Herald.

"Every second year the Gate Theatre brings a production to the festival over there, so we're going this year and I'm really looking forward to it."

Aoibhin is currently playing the role of D4 queen Sorcha in Ross O'Carroll Kelly's Breaking Dad at the Gaiety Theatre, which runs there until tomorrow.

The Castleknock native will wed hotelier John Burke in his Armada Hotel in Clare beauty spot Spanish Point this September.

The lavish reception will be followed by a ceremony in her parents native Doolin.


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