From Clifden county Galway Martina Stanley now lives in Dublin where she works as an actress at the Abbey Theatre.
Ultan Guilfoyle meets Martina at the Abbey to find out what life is like for a young Abbey actress.
Backstage Martina describes her normal working day from rehearsals in the morning to performing in the evening. She is currently rehearsing for multiple roles for the play 'The Life of Galileo', appearing as a peasant, a nun and a witch. Martina is shown in rehearsals with director Thomas MacAnna.
Martina Stanley says she was interested interested in acting from a young age and decided to pursue it as a career. After moving to Dublin at the age of 16 Martina managed to get work in the Project theatre before moving on to the Abbey.
This episode of 'Youngline' was broadcast on 23 February 1981.