Monday 20 January 2020

The Four Minute Interview with director Patrick Sutton

Patrick Sutton
Patrick Sutton
Patrick Sutton

The director on how this decade has been his most successful, and his secret escapologist skills.

What's been the best decade of your life so far and why?

This decade, my 50s, as Smock Alley Theatre is doing well, as is The Gaiety School of Acting.

What was the worst moment of your life?

My mother, Ray, dying in 2007. It was six months from diagnosis to death, and great to have that time with her.

What secret skill or talent do you have?

I'm an escapologist. You can tie me up in chains and locks and I'll escape.

If there was one song you associated with your youth, what would it be?

Somewhere Over The Rainbow. My mother sang me to sleep with it.

What was the last lie you told?

I'm not tired and of course it'll work out. I was exhausted and had no idea if everything would come together but in fact it all did in the end.

What do you consider the greatest work of art?

Any painting by Marc Chagall. I love his sense of life and lunacy, mystery and magic.

Which local star in any field should the world outside of Britain and Ireland know about?

Singer Lisa O'Neill. I'm enthralled by her littleness and largeness at the same time. She's special.

What is your greatest regret?

That I haven't followed my dream of being an artist and painting more. But I will, I'll find the time yet to pick up a paintbrush.

What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

At the minute it's a bottle of red wine in La Dolce Vita Wine Bar on Cow's Lane.

Who is/was the love of your life?

My children, Sam (27) and Rebecca (25).

What is your present state of mind?

Optimistic. In spite of the Government not taking the arts seriously, people are getting up and out there and doing things for themselves.

What are the consolations of getting older?

You're on more solid ground, and are more secure. I think you also have more of an idea of where you're going.

What living heroes or heroines do you have?

Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos, who reminds us that children need to be respected and valued.

What is your best chat up line?

You've got five days to convince me that God exists.

What is the best lesson life has taught you?

Say thank you. To never take anything or anybody for granted.

Patrick Sutton directs Waiting for Godot at Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, running until August 23.

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