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Let's Talk About The Arts

By Fearghal Curtis x Tall Tales
Welcome to Let's Talk About The Arts.
In this podcast artist Fearghal Curtis meets a diverse array of artists working across different mediums. He hosts an honest chat about working within the arts, the support that is needed and how this unprecedented year has impacted the sector.
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Let's Talk About The Arts with Steve Phillips Management: Lorna Anderson
I was delighted to be joined by the vivacious energy of Soprano Lorna Anderson. We got into just how amazing our bodies are and what they are capable of, and Lorna shared the magic of marriage with me 
35:20
October 7, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Steve Philips Management: Ann Taylor
It was so gorgeous to be joined by football fan, wine and gin lover, and family woman Ann O'Brien to chat about how she has found balance with her singer persona Ann Taylor. We had a really gorgeous chat and she opened up the conversation on being a singer going through menopause. 
33:07
October 1, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Naomi Louisa O'Connell: Storytelling
I was so privileged to be joined by an old friend, a diverse performer and a personal inspiration to me as an artist, the captivating Naomi Louisa O'Connell. I have always admired Naomi as a performer and a storyteller, and after seeing her share on her social media a scrap book she had put together in preparation for her role with Irish National Opera in Brian Irvine and Netia Jones new opera 'Least Like The Other, Searching for Rosemary Kennedy', I knew I wanted to sit across from her and get into the mind of this storytelling artist.
51:14
September 29, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Steve Philips Management: Aaron O'Hare
It was such a joy to be joined by a top colleagues I've had the privilege to work with over the years, baritone Aaron O'Hare. It was even more fun to learn a little more about his journey into opera and how he is always so cool, calm and collected in the rehearsal room. 
42:01
September 23, 2021
A Moment with The Arts with Ola Majekodunmi
Delighted to be joined by Dublin Culture Night Ambassador Ola Majekodunmi to discuss what culture and the arts mean to her, how she views the culture of Dublin and kindly shares one of her bi-lingual poems. She also inspired me to add some Irish to my outro (hope you're proud Ola!)
22:50
September 22, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Steve Phillips Management: Matthew McKinney
In this week's episode, I'm joined by tenor Matthew Mckinney to chat about the topic on every tenors lips; top notes. Matthew also chats about his passion for fel running on the Scottish hills, exploring his craft and his move to London.  
35:52
September 16, 2021
A Moment with the Arts: Sonder Magazine
I was delighted to be joined in studio by the founders of Sonder Magazine, Sinead Creedon and Orla Murphy ahead of the release of their fifth issue based around the theme of Indulgence. They have also kindly shared readings of some of the pieces from the contributors that will be featured in the issue. 
43:28
September 10, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Steve Philips Management: Catriona Hewitson
This week I'm joined by soprano, Catriona Hewitson to discuss the importance of mental health, a support system and Rupaul's Drag Race.  http://stevephillipsmanagement.co.uk/catriona-hewitson-soprano/
42:35
September 9, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts, The Collectives: Women in Opera with Julia Burbach
In the final episode of the first Collective series, I'm joined by the wonderfully insightful and challenging opera director Julia Burbach. This chat almost felt like it was meant to be the final chat as we explored the idea of being a woman in opera, climbing the ladder in the industry, updating operas and an Instagram post which helped sum up the series. 
01:14:54
September 6, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Steve Philips Management: Amy J Payne
In this week's episode, I'm joined by mezzo-soprano Amy J Payne to break down some walls and stigmas within the operatic world.  http://stevephillipsmanagement.co.uk/amy-j-payne-mezzo-soprano/
31:39
September 2, 2021
A Moment with the Arts: Ardú
In this episode of A Moment with The Arts I'm joined by vocal ensemble group Ardú to discuss their recent trip to Italy and their new single 'The Phoenix'.  http://www.ardumusic.com/
38:38
September 1, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts, The Collectives: Women in Opera with Laura Attridge
The penultimate episode of the series is with the gorgeous and thought provoking director, librettist and coach, Laura Attridge. We have chats about the ego, process, letting go and I tell Laura how she inpired the series being based around 6 female artists.  https://lauraattridge.com/
01:16:31
August 30, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Steve Phillips Management: Alex Banfield
In this week's episode, I'm joined by tenor Alex Banfield as we discuss all things music, and not just classical.  http://stevephillipsmanagement.co.uk/
42:21
August 26, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Victoria Secret: Live performances and a Roadmap
I’m delighted to be joined by drag artist and business mogul Victoria Secret. Behind Victoria is the business savvy and fierce artist Philip Keogh. Phillip has played a blinder during this past 18 months with various online events, podcasting with his co-host drag artist Davina Devine, organising charity gigs and so much more. Phillip is back doing what he does best, performing live as Victoria to drag fans. However, she has been doing this in the UK and Northern Ireland, as the roadmap for live performances in Ireland is currently very unclear. It was great to sit down with Phillip and discuss his experience as a performer during this time and the many events he has organised that are lying in limbo. Every artists experience is different and we welcome all experiences at Let’s Talk About The Arts. So please do get in touch if you would like to share your experience as we wait for the industry to get back on its feet.
40:55
August 25, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts, The Collectives: Women in Opera with Paula Tierney
In today’s episode I’m joined by stage-manager extraordinaire, Paula Tierney. I have had the pleasure of working with Paula in various productions over the years, and it was so nice to sit down and learn more about the woman who keeps all of us on the straight and narrow in the rehearsal room and on stage.
56:19
August 23, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Steve Phillips Management: Julia Mariko-Smith
I'm delighted to be joined. for the third episode of this series with SPM by soprano Julia Mariko Smith to talk all things soprano, culture, cleaning and Disney.  Steve Phillips Management is a bespoke agency representing a diverse roster of talented up and coming opera performers. I got the opportunity to speak with Steve Phillips himself on an episode of A Moment with The Arts. I loved hearing all about his new and exciting agency and his singers and asked him if the singers he represented would like to join me on mic and give a little insight in to their lives as opera performers. It was such a privilege to get the opportunity to sit down and speak with these artists as we delved into everything from mental health, prejudices in the industry, unique hobbies and much more. Tune in every Thursday to get to know a new singer from Steve Phillips Management. http://stevephillipsmanagement.co.uk/
26:09
August 19, 2021
A Moment with the Arts 7
In this episode, I'm joined by Corkonian singer-songwriter Jack O'Rourke ahead of the release of his new song 'Patsy Cline' this Friday the 20th of August.  We also chat about his upcoming album, his 2021/2022 residency in the Centre Culture Irlandais in Paris and the creative process of being a songwriter. 
43:57
August 18, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts, The Collectives: Women in Opera with Holly Mathieson
In the third episode of this six part series, I'm joined by the insightful conductor, Holly Mathieson. Episodes of Let's Talk About The Arts, The Collectives: Women in Opera are released every Monday for 6 weeks with each episode featuring a different artist opening up about topics, thoughts and opinions around the Arts Industry. 
01:03:57
August 16, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Steve Philips Management: Themba Mvula
In episode two, I'm joined by the infectious and explorative baritone, Themba Mvula. Steve Phillips Management is a bespoke agency representing a diverse roster of talented up and coming opera performers. I got the opportunity to speak with Steve Phillips himself on an episode of A Moment with The Arts. I loved hearing all about his new and exciting agency and his singers and asked him if the singers he represented would like to join me on mic and give a little insight in to their lives as opera performers. It was such a privilege to get the opportunity to sit down and speak with these artists as we delved into everything from mental health, prejudices in the industry, unique hobbies and much more. Tune in every Thursday to get to know a new singer from Steve Phillips Management. http://stevephillipsmanagement.co.uk/
37:23
August 12, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts, The Collectives: Women in Opera with Caitlin Fretwell Walsh
Episode 2 For the second episode of this Collective series, I'm joined by the positive and inspiring dancer, choreographer and data enthusiast Caitlin Fretwell Walsh. ---------- Welcome to a new strand to the LTATA podcast series. This is Let’s Talk About the Arts, The Collectives. These mini series are an opportunity to explore a particular area or topic within the arts industry. I will continue to speak with diverse, unique and passionate artists, and in upcoming collective series other artists will take my place as host or join me behind the mic as a co-host. In this series, I get the opportunity to talk to 6 fascinating women who have made and continue to make their mark on the opera world. I’m joined by directors, conductors, a choreographer and a stage manager as we get to know some of the other jobs it takes to making the music and stories of opera come alive on the stage.
01:09:17
August 9, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Steve Philips Management: Emily Garland
Steve Phillips Management is a bespoke agency representing a diverse roster of talented up and coming opera performers. I got the opportunity to speak with Steve Phillips himself on an episode of A Moment with The Arts. I loved hearing all about his new and exciting agency and his singers and asked him if the singers he represented would like to join me on mic and give a little insight in to their lives as opera performers. It was such a privilege to get the opportunity to sit down and speak with these artists as we delved into everything from mental health, prejudices in the industry, unique hobbies and much more. Today I’m joined by the fabulous and kind soprano Emily Garland. Emily had just started working with the Grange Festival when we spoke and it was great to see her back in her element. I’ve been lucky to know Emily for a few years and was so delighted that she brought her openness and supportive nature to this episode. Tune in every Thursday to get to know a new singer from Steve Phillips Management. http://stevephillipsmanagement.co.uk/
26:17
August 5, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts, The Collectives: Women in Opera with Louisa Muller
Welcome to a new strand to the LTATA podcast series. This is Let’s Talk About the Arts, The Collectives. These mini series are an opportunity to explore a particular area or topic within the arts industry. I will continue to speak with diverse, unique and passionate artists, and in upcoming collective series other artists will take my place as host or join me behind the mic as a co-host. In this series, I get the opportunity to talk to 6 fascinating women who have made and continue to make their mark on the opera world. I’m joined by directors, conductors, a choreographer and a stage manager as we get to know some of the other jobs it takes to making the music and stories of opera come alive on the stage. In my first episode of this 6 part collective series, I’m joined by the powerhouse opera director Lousia Muller. It was a joy to be put in touch with Louisa and I had a great time getting to know this experienced artist with a great point of view to share both in the episode, but of course also on the stage. So here is the first episode to this new mini series, Let’s Talk About The Arts, The Collectives: Women in Opera
59:08
August 2, 2021
A Moment with the Arts 6
Welcome to Let’s Talk About The Arts: A Moment with Arts presented by Fearghal Curtis. These mini episodes are a chance for you to sit down with a coffee, take a short walk or find a moment in your day to connect with The Arts. It’s a chance to get to hear from an artist, an organisation, or a charity about a project they are releasing and find out a little bit more about what has gone into getting this project out there into the world. Today I’m joined by the versatile stylings of Rachel Goode. A trained opera singer who still connects with her country and folk song roots, Rachel is releasing her first single, a cover of Loretta Lynn’s song ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ on Tuesday the 27th of July. But that’s not all that is happening on the 27th for her. Irish National Opera’s new opera ‘A Thing I Cannot Name’ will be streamed for the West Cork Literary Festival and Rachel is one of the three singers a part of the production. It was my first episode of AMWTA in person and it was so gorgeous to share this with Rachel ahead of an exciting week. Rachel also kindly shared a clip of her new single ahead of the release tomorrow. 
34:16
July 26, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Ruth Medjber: Ownership and Funding Part Two
This is the second part of a conversation I had with photographer Ruth Medjber about Ownership and Funding within the Arts Industry. In this episode we delve more into funding applications from the artists perspective.  If you would like to get involved in the conversation, please contact us at Arts@talltales.ie where all feedback, ideas, thoughts and experiences are welcome 
31:24
June 10, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts with Ruth Medjber: Ownership and Funding Part One
This is Part One of a two part conversation with photographer Ruth Medjber.  In this episode, myself and Ruth discuss ownership of work and funding applications from the artists point of view.  The Arts Council recently used Medjbers work on their socials and didn't credit or tag her. She raised awareness to this on her twitter account, and expressed that it was particularly confusing due to the photo promoting an application she had put in for and hadn't heard back about.  Her tweet got a lot of feedback and raised awareness to the conversation we opened in this episode. Since our conversation, the Arts Council have contacted Ruth, and she has received positive feedback regarding her application and has also been successful with another application. However, the conversation around Ownership and Funding is an important one to have and I was honoured that Ruth was willing to have the conversation with Let's Talk About The Arts.  LTATA aims to open up the important conversations that need to be had to highlight the areas and topics that need growth and change within the industry. This is a safe space to share, explore and discuss. If you would like to get involved in the conversation, please email us at Arts@talltales.ie, where all feedback, ideas, thoughts and experiences are welcome. 
40:42
June 8, 2021
A Moment with the Arts 5
Kev Olden is a singer/songwriter from Cork. Kev relocated to Toronto, Canada just before the lockdown hit last year. He took the time behind closed doors to explore his creativity and artistry, and has recently launched his new single Hush. Kev joined me for a chat about working through creative blocks, following his instincts and to tell us more about Hush. Kev has kindly shared with us his brand new single, Hush, and we look forward to the next instalment of music from Kev Olden. @kev_olden
29:41
May 6, 2021
A Moment with the Arts 4
This week on A Moment with The Arts Eimear Mc Carthy Luddy from Vocology Ireland, Steve Philips from Steve Philips Management and musician/singer Bobbi Arlo join Let's Talk About The Arts to discuss the path to the roles they have found themselves in and staying creative within their roles.  1.05 @vocologyireland 19.17 @stevephilipsmanagement 32.48 @bobbi_arlo
49:35
April 22, 2021
A Moment with the Arts 3
Ashwin Chacko and Caoimhe Walsh are two artists who have strong messages to share. It was a delight to be joined by them to talk about how they convey their own personal messages through their creativity and skills.  1.04 @whackochacko 13.49 @fat.lemon.prints
29:14
April 14, 2021
A Moment with the Arts 2
In this weeks episode of A Moment with The Arts, we celebrate mother and daughter duo Mimi&Martha and their new project Colour your World, sister duo In the Nud, and Cellissimo presented by Music for Galway and Galway 2020. We also have a special recording of Naomi Berrill's premier performance of Bill Whelan's 'Fragments' which was commissioned by Cellissimo for the Galway Cello. The performance is a live recording from the opening concert of the Cellissimo festival.  We also have a shout out for the boob whisperer Jen who introduced LTATA to In the Nud. 1.05 @bymimiandmartha 5.27 @inthe_nud 10.10 @musicforgalway 13.13 'Fragments' by Bill Whelan performed by Naomi Berrill (@naomiberrillcello)
20:60
April 1, 2021
A Moment with the Arts 1
Welcome to the first episode of Let's Talk About The Arts Presents A Moment with the Arts. Fearghal Curtis invites you to take a moment for the artists, organisations and projects that inspire, motivate and enhance our lives Every week Fearghal will come to the mic to uplift and support some of the amazing creativity that is happening in the arts industry. I’ll finish each episode with ‘A Moment to Consider’ where I will present a thought or idea to contemplate on. They will be short and sweet each week, and I hope will give you an opportunity to embrace what’s happening in the arts and to consider your relationship with the arts and your inner artist. 1.12 Nua Collective @nuacollective.ie 3.37 @irishnationalopera 13.27 @alankeaneart 16.57 @sophwhitewhoop
23:23
March 24, 2021
Let's Talk About The Arts Festival Conversations
Let's Talk About The Arts Festival Conversations is an opportunity to chat to the organisers, performers and artists involved in festivals and events.  We are joined by the music festival Cellissimo presented by Music for Galway and Galway 2020 which is a celebration of the warm and rich instrument, the cello. In the first episode with Cellissimo, LTATA talks with Artistic Director Finghin Collins and Festival Director Anna Lardi.
02:02
March 24, 2021
Let's talk with Loah
Listing out Sallay Matu Garnetts accolades just doesn’t seem fitting as an introduction to one of the most mesmerising artists I’ve had the privilege of sitting across from. So, I’m going to let her take you through her journey. My introduction for her is stolen from my first guest and a very good friend of Sallay’s, Stephanie Dufresne; “She’s a literal angel, Fearghal, I don’t know what else to tell you, ok. She’s a magical, elfin creature and she sings like an angel. So, deal with that.” And for the last couple of weeks I’ve been dealing with just that. Every Time I’ve come to prepare Sallay’s interview, I’ve turned on her music as a soundtrack to my research, only to fall into a rabbit hole of being swept away by a musician and artist who creates a world that I have no fitting adjectives to describe. I actually met Sallay, who professionally goes by Loah, back in 2017 through our mutual friend, yep, you’ve guessed it, Stephanie Dufresne. The setting was the popular artist hot spot, Hughes Bar during the Galway Arts Festival, and Sallay instantly captured me with her warm energy, cool vibe and unique speaking tone. If I mention Steph one more time, I may just have to make it Let’s Talk About The Arts with Steph and Feargh, but it was Steph the next day who filled me in on the wonderful artist and human that Sallay is. The journey of Let’s Talk About The Arts has been a transformational one for not only my professional life, but also my personal and artistic life. And the heart and passion I’ve explored and learnt from through Loah’s online presence almost seems like the perfect way to end this first series. She is inspiring, enchanting, unique and one of a kind.
01:32:14
December 21, 2020
Let's talk with Dr. Gavan Ring
My guest today is operatic tenor Dr. Gavan Ring. And let me tell you, I have no idea where to start. This man has many strings to his bow. Hailing from Cahersiveen in Kerry, I was exhausted after reading all of Gavan’s achievements, both in his diverse operatic career and extensive educational background. I’ve got to work with Gavan a couple of times, most recently in The Magic Flute with Irish National Opera in 2019, where things were a little different. Not only were we performing live theatre, but Gavan was a completely different voice type and The Magic Flute marked his swan song as a baritone. An extremely intelligent artist, the Dr. part of Dr. Gavan Ring points to his PhD, where he researched Robert O’Dwyers 20th Century Gaelic Opera Eithne. This led to the opera being performed in 2017 for the first time in 107 years, and I was lucky to play a small role opening the opera as the Taoiseach, as Gavan played the High King of Ireland. Maybe in these roles, between us, we could figure out a solution for the Arts crisis we are looking at today. Not only having resurrected an important part of Irish opera history, Gavan consistently shows his support for the Arts in Ireland, particularly during this tough time. Scrolling through his twitter account, Gavan uplifts all parts of the Irish arts and culture industry, promoting his colleagues and the wonderful work so many do for the Arts. He also kindly shares his wonderful talent and his passion, or gra as he would put it, for music, opera and Ireland. Lockdown has been a busy time for Gavan. He has continued to perform regularly on new platforms in events that have supported many during this difficult time, as well as being a part of many projects and collaborations, such as album releases and farewell surprises for well known radio presenters. He also runs his own music school, Cooley Music Academy with his wife Nicola, another wonderful artist. Oh, and yeah, they also welcomed their third child, Dylan. Truly inspiring, I’m excited to hear how Gavan has managed so many wonderful projects during a crazy time when the Arts has been struggling to survive. With his work ethic, intelligence, passion and talent, Gavan has shown us that despite a crisis, the Arts is and will keep fighting back and flourishing.
01:29:30
December 14, 2020
Let's talk with Ranae Von Meding
My guest today is actress, singer, writer, blogger, wife and mother Ranae Von Meding. When did I first meet Ranae? Well we were teenagers and I think very different people. My earliest memory of her is saying ‘hey’ at Bondi Beach Club on the night we were celebrating our Leaving Cert results, now that’s a blast from the past. We had mutual friends but nothing really went beyond ‘hey’. Cut to us doing a year together at the Conservatory of Music and Drama, and this was the start of our 14 year old friendship. We ain’t old, we wise. So as you can guess this could be a very long intro. But we will save some of the stories as memories for now. She has always lived her life through her art. Her writing and performing is always honest, articulate, touching and passionate. I always knew how great an actress and writer she was, but seeing her perform her own play ‘Mother May I’ in 2015 at Theatre Upstairs, I saw her at her finest. Her ability to take her own experiences and take them from the page to the stage is truly magical. Most recently that magic happened again. In the Abbey Theatres online production of Dear Ireland, the wonderful Sarah Kinlen performed Ranae’s letter to her country. Let’s rewind for a sec. It wasn’t until later in our friendship that Ranae came out to me, after she had met the wonderful Audrey. And the rest as they say is history. Two unique souls that have shown me that love is love is love. And the love grew stronger when they welcomed their two girls, Ava and Ayra, who I’m proudly uncle Feargh to. And this is where the work began. A strong presence in the LGBTQ+ community, Ranae has spent her whole daughters' lives fighting for both their and all the LGBTQ+ families of Ireland, adding activist and advocate to her resume. As it stands, we are not all equal. And Ranae has dedicated herself to changing this for all families. Fast forward, and this was beautifully portrayed in Dear Ireland, as she has continued to fight for her own experiences through her art. A wonderful wife, an inspiring mother, a talented individual, and a dear friend, this week's guest is Ranae von Meding.
01:29:11
December 7, 2020
Let's talk with Paul Ryder
I’ve been a fan of my guest today for quite some time. I first became aware of this power house performer many years ago as part of the Dragged Up team. Stunning, charismatic and creative, my guest today is drag performer Paul Ryder. Although I first became a fan of Paul as a drag performer, little did I know this was only a part of his creative output. Along with being a drag performer, he also shines brightly as a choreographer, MC and TV personality. In 2018, myself and a friend, Ross went to see our mate Emily Carroll in the Cheerios Panto. And of course, as a stable part of the Cheerios panto, Artistic director and choreographer Paul dazzled on stage as Sparkle. I sat next to what I thought was the biggest Paul Ryder fan out there. Beaming with pride, this youngster gave the loudest cheer when Paul came out for his bow. It definitely won the battle against myself and Ross’ cheer for Emily. Sorry Emily. After the show, I learnt this young man was not only Ryder’s biggest fan but his cousin and was also sat next to Ryder’s Mam, who although quieter than his cousin also beamed with pride. I got to meet Paul that night at the after show party. And after meeting him, I became a bigger fan. A fabulous Queen onstage, and a charming and humble gent offstage. Since then, I’ve worked with a couple of people who know Paul well, and true to my first meeting with him, they all speak with the highest regard for him. Maybe it was written in the stars when he was the first Queen to bring Drag Race girls to Ireland way back when he MC’d at the Dragon, but it is clear his hard work and ambition has seen his star continue to rise since his breakout performances on Ireland’s got talent in 2018. As well as his growing resume, he also owns his own Dance School, Proud Dance Academy, where he is inspiring the next generation of talent, not only with his own work ethic, but also with his passion for dance. I’m delighted to welcome Ireland’s very own Drag Ringmaster, Paul Ryder.
01:35:09
November 30, 2020
Let's talk with Tessy Ehiguese
Sitting in the TallTales offices only a couple of weeks ago, my guest today walked in cool as a cucumber, pulled out her camera and lights, covered the office with plants and stuck her subject smack bang in the centre of them. Please welcome Photographer, Graphic Designer and Videography, Tessy Ehiguese, or as she is known professionally Tessy Media. I sat at a desk with one ear listening to some Let’s Talk About recordings, and the other listening to a calm, strong presence creating a comfortable atmosphere while she snapped away. It felt like fate she was there that day as I had been thinking about photographers I could interview in regards to their experiences during this mad time. So I listened to fate, and asked the very obliging Tessy could I get her contact details. And that’s it! That’s all the interaction I’ve had with this young creative, oh! And the emails to get her in here today.
01:14:45
November 23, 2020
Let's talk with Jason O'Neill
I met Jason last year when he made an impressionable entrance into one of my best friends and former flatmates lives, Mr. Ross Scanlon. Having heard how wonderful he was prior to meeting him, as the best friend I was delighted to meet such a friendly, smiley and warm person. I knew that Jason had been the lead dancer of Riverdance for quite some time, however, it wasn’t until I went to see him last June in the Gaiety Theatre that I was met full force with his astounding talent and exuberant stage presence. This friendly, smiley guy was a beast on stage, and captivated me along with the lively audience, which he has done for years in this role worldwide. Since then, I’ve been a fan on the sidelines as Jason proves his skills as a dancer are limitless. Getting to know Jason over the last year has been such a pleasure. He always has such a vibrant energy and is a joy to be around. Over this time, I’ve also learnt that not only is he an exceptional dancer, but his gifts extend as a graphic designer, which he had studied in college. The personal and expressive artwork he puts up on social media portrays some important messages that are obviously close to his heart. In particular the word love takes on different and unique designs that light up a mindless feed scroll. Having grilled him on a personal level on our couch in our former flat, I’m delighted to get to grill him in the studio and find out how it felt to be living a life long dream and getting it cut short by a world pandemic. Settle in and get insirped by a man who balances a superstar quality with a kind and warm nature, Jason O'Neill.
01:31:19
November 16, 2020
Let's talk with Tom Creed
My guest today is the innovative and creative mind that is Tom Creed. He is an opera and theatre director with a unique and infectious energy. Based in Dublin, Tom has seen his work travel to many spots all over the world; the U.K., France, America, Australia, right here in Dublin and of course, down to his roots in Cork. I first got to work with Tom in 2017 in a production of Acis and Galatea with Irish National Opera. I still hold that production as one of the favourites of my career. And that was largely down to Tom. Never did I think I would be line dancing to an uptempo Handel chorus. After our first encounter, I started to see Tom’s work popping up all over the country on different platforms. Having seen an array of his work, from plays to one man/woman shows, and being fortunate enough once to have sat on the other side of the table with him for an hour or so as he directed the wonderful Clare Dunne in Sure Look it, Fuck it, he is truly a diverse and imaginative director. He has also taken on other roles such as Festival Director for Cork Midsummer Festival and many programming and curating roles. Not only an important artist for Ireland, he is a Steering Committee Member for The National Campaign for the Arts, which not so long ago put together a 13 point plan to #SaveTheArts. A man with a plan, whenever I’ve been in the rehearsal room with him, he has captained a smooth sailing ship and has never needed to steer off course. Calm, cool, collected, and always passionate and invested. Everytime I get to be in the room with him it is a joy. Except once, when he decided in a production of Tales of Hoffmann, that my character Spalanzani did not need to enter stage right in a massive yellow Big Bird like coat. I don’t think I’ll ever forgive him for that. However, I am delighted that he has agreed to talk to me today. You are in for a treat.
01:23:05
November 9, 2020
Let's talk with Stephanie Dufresne
My first guest on Let’s Talk About The Arts is the intelligent, talented and inspiring dancer, actor, model, creator and all around boss lady Stephanie Dufresne. I met Steph in 2018 in a co-production of Orfeo ed Eurydice with Irish National Opera and United Fall, and from day 1 I was in awe of her talent. She trained at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands and a few years later at Bow Street in Dublin. Her artistry and talent has seen her perform across Ireland, the U.K. and the Netherlands. She highlights her work with Emma Martin and Irish National Opera, as well as her incredible performance in The Red Shoes at the Gate Theatre as some of the shining moments of her career. When lockdown hit, Steph was performing in a production of Carmen with Irish National opera. When the production had to stop due to Covid-19, Steph took to the scenic backdrop of Kinvara, Co. Galway, where she is from, and went into lockdown with her boyfriend and her parents. She is incredibly insightful and I hope you enjoy how passionately and openly she speaks about her journey as an artist. What an honour to have the enchanting Stephanie Dufresne as my first guest.
01:06:24
November 2, 2020
Introducing Let's Talk About The Arts
Welcome to Let's Talk About The Arts, a podcast in which artist Fearghal Curtis explores our relationship to the arts during challenging times. Available now wherever you get your podcasts. 
01:34
November 2, 2020