Monday 20 January 2020

My cultural life: Anthony Brophy

Anthony Brophy
Anthony Brophy
David Bowie
The Mark and the Void

Anthony Brophy is one of Ireland's leading actors and writers. Beginning with the Dublin Youth Theatre in 1985, Anthony has worked extensively in theatre, film and television throughout Europe and the US. His work includes In The Name of the Father, CSI, and Penny Dreadful. For four years he played Eustace Chapuys on The Tudors. As a writer, his first play, Chicane, was shortlisted for the Stewart Parker award, and his first two novels were shortlisted for the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair. He is married to fellow actor and writer Amelia Crowley and they have two daughters, Esme (8) and Rosalie (3).

Film: Jaws

If they ever try to re-make it, we'll know that Hollywood is officially dead. As a father of two young daughters, my viewing pleasures these days are mostly small screen ones. I adored Rake, an Australian series with Richard Roxburgh. It's a long time since I've seen an actor have that much fun. And right now I'm addicted to Better Call Saul - it's pretty rare when you watch something and feel like you may have actually raised your IQ .

Music: Bowie

I've been running since I was a teenager and I have to confess, these days it can be pretty torturous dragging myself out in the dark. If I didn't have Warren Zevon, Bowie, The Frames, Fela Kuti, Billy Bragg, Nina Simone, and The Trash Can Sinatras on the iPod, it wouldn't happen.

Play: Death of a Salesman

The first cut is still the deepest for me when it comes to a favourite play, and one of the first I ever read was Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman which is still extraordinary, and one I would dearly love to do. Of those I have been in, I think a personal favourite is Character, a little-known play by Mark Dillon.

Book: The Mark and the Void

Right now I'm not reading as much as I'd like because I'm writing so much and trying to finish my third novel, a thriller called Chess for Junkies, to a bit of a deadline. But before I began I did get to read Paul Murray's The Mark and the Void which is hilarious, and Donal Ryan's beautiful collection of short stories A Slanting of the Sun.

Art: Laurence Stephen Lowry

One of the most powerful painters I've ever seen. I picked up a postcard of his Man Lying on a Wall years ago and I've been an admirer ever since. A very close second is my daughter Esme, whose pictures of me and her mum, Amelia, as cats, hang in our kitchen.

Anthony plays Liam Reid in 'Red Rock' which airs each Wednesday and Thursday at 8.30pm on TV3.

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