Aidan O’Shea

Our Featured Artist series this week is an interview with actor Aidan O’Shea.

 

First off Aidan, tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

My name is Aidan O’ Shea, and I was born in the town of Leamington Spa Warwickshire England in October 1971.

You’ve done extensive training both here and in Australia, give us an idea what that involved.

I went to the north strand collage in Dublin for 3 years in the 90’s, great craic learning stage craft from the ground up. We built the stage the set’s learnt lighting, costume,s ‘then we put on a week long run of Philadelphia Here I Come  by Brian friel .  Australia was good as well,and acting for the film course in NIDA in Sydney a big difference to Theatre.

With a long stint in The Cork Arts Theatre, do you prefer the theatre environment?

With Theatre when the lights go up it’s shit or get off the pot, film on the other hand there’s lots of stopping and starting and hanging around.

You’re not only an actor, but also trained in both Kickboxing and Bujinkan, have they ever came in useful on camera or on stage?

Haven’t really had much use for the martial arts yet. It’s handy for falls and rolls, you never know there might be a stage production of ‘Blood sport’ some day’ or has it been done already?

You done some stunt work on a short called ‘Daughters of Rome‘, how was the experience?

Daughters of Rome, hmmm, It was a cold fucking day on a beach in Cork. I had a fight with the hero in the first 2 min’s of the film, I had to charge at him with a polleaxe. Let’s put it this way – I wont be in the sequel.

What do you find hardest when working?

Learning lines and blocking is the hardest part.

What do you enjoy most about your profession?

What I love about my profession is that you tell a different story every time, keeps things fresh.

What have you worked on that you’re most proud of?

What am i most proud of ?? I’m not finished yet – I’ll get back to you on that one.

What’s next up for you?

What’s next for me? the usual Actor’s routine – audition, audition, audition.

 

 

 

Thanks again to Aidan for his time conducting this interview, and if you’d like to become our next Featured Artist just click here.

 

Contact info :
Irish  Equity  profile