Monday 18 December 2017

My cultural life: Kate Murray

Kate Murray
Kate Murray
Edward Scissordhands
Leonard Cohen
Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night

Kate Murray is the daughter of the much-loved and late RTE sports broadcaster, Colm Murray. She is currently living in Galway city, but is originally from Clontarf in Dublin. Her recent work with Decadent Theatre Company includes The Dead School. She has worked with director Andrew Flynn on a number of shows including At the Black Pig's Dyke and Breathing Corpses. She is a member of Fregoli Theatre Company, and is a former member of NUIG Dramsoc. Her mother, Ann, lives in Clontarf and is a retired secondary school teacher. Kate will be appearing in The Pillowman at the Gaiety Theatre from January 24 to February 5.

Film: Edward Scissorhands

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Edward Scissordhands
 

Edward Scissorhands is probably the movie I have watched most in my life, and associate most with my childhood. I remember both loving it, and being absolutely terrified by it. One of the standout memories I have of watching the film as a child is how much it made me want to have a water-bed. Winona Ryder's character in the film Kim (above with Johnny Depp) had a water-bed - I had never seen or heard of such a thing before and could not get over how cool it was.

Singer: Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen
 

I grew up listening to the songs of Leonard Cohen (above). He played in the background of countless Christmas dinners and family meals down through the years. I don't think I paid too much attention to him as a child, other than being pretty impressed that one of his songs was in Shrek. We went to see him as a family when he played in Kilmainham in 2012. It is still to this day the greatest concert I was ever at.

Book: A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I love this book. It explores the idea of time - past and present. It is the story of two very different people, one a 16-year-old in Tokyo, and the other a novelist living on a remote island in Canada. I have read it a second time and will probably do so again.

Art: Cafe Terrace at Night

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Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night
 

Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night (right). I love the colours in this painting and the romantic images it conjures up - that feeling of being away, warm evenings and aimless hours spent wandering. I love the stars that are present in the deep blue night sky of this picture and how they take me back to primary school, and to the first time I heard about Vincent van Gogh. My class had a very musical teacher at the time who was teaching us to sing Starry Starry Night. We sang the song every day for about two weeks and we never got bored or tired of doing so.

TV: Arrested Development

There are so many good TV shows on offer at the moment, and I feel that I have a lot to catch up on - so much so, in fact, that I am currently bingeing on a show that began more than 10 years ago. I don't know why I put this one off for so long, especially seeing as I was one of Michael Cera's biggest fans during my teenage years, but Arrested Development is proving to be worth the wait. It is hilarious and I would advise anyone to watch it if looking for comedy - or even just for the character of Buster Bluth alone!

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