Ruth McGill is an actress, singer-songwriter with the band The Evertides, yoga/singing teacher and mum to her 10 year old son, Charlie. She has appeared in shows at The Abbey, The Gate and The Project.

She will have her final stop on the national tour of The Dead Opera in Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, this Saturday 4th March before rushing back to Dublin to co-host the 2016 Irish Times Theatre Awards with Peter Daly at The National Concert Hall on Sunday 5th March.

Ruth is a two-time Irish Times Theatre Awards nominee herself, and has recently appeared in Anna Karenina and Donegal at The Abbey Theatre.


Film:

I feel a little like I’ve been in a hibernation of a ridiculously busy kind as a long run of theatre runs comes to a brutal but necessary end. So my attentions are turning to regular daily and - dare I say - sociable activities like going to the cinema and trawling Netflix for my next filmic fix. I recently saw Loving, and it really had me in an emotional vice grip long after the credits rolled. The storytelling by the two actors, the resplendent Ruth Negga and broodingly but brilliantly measured Joel Edgerton, would make you want to watch the film over and over again to catch the subtle moments you missed the last time. It got me pondering on the state of things; the world, our lives, the human race, what we are capable of (good, bad & indifferent), where we are coming from and where we can evolve to. The film was followed by G&T’s and dissecting the meaning of every blessed thing with pals.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Music:

My musical appreciation knows no bounds. Bluegrass to Arabic, Sondheim to Bach. If the moon started putting out music, I’d probably be getting deep into it. I’m very eager! I adore Scandinavian musicians. There is something about how they structure their thoughts - musical and lyrical - that beguiles me. Artists like Susanne Sundfør, Sóley, Björk and Agnes Obel. And from elsewhere;  Anaïs Mitchell, Patty Griffin, The Webb Sisters & Ibrahim Maalouf. The list could easily go on. They are all doing their own thing. I admire that greatly.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Books:

To my shame, I don't read as much as I should and want to. I listen to audiobooks a lot, though. I spent the last month on a national tour of The Dead so I had lots of time to attend to them on the road: Caitlin Moran’s How to be A Woman, which made me howl with laughter, cry onto my steering wheel and basically fall in love with her thoughts, her writing and her voice, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert which is all about the quest and journey of creativity, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson which is an extraordinary account of a compassionate young African American lawyers’ pursuit for justice in a terrain of deep injustice and inhumanity and I’m just now getting into Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Theatre: 

I am looking forward to The Abbey’s new programming for The Peacock - Lots of exciting new departures and expositions. Dead Centre’s Hamnet, Pat Kinevane’s Trilogy of work, Theatre Lovett and the main stage’s line-up including the wonderful Dublin By Lamplight by Corn Exchange - I can’t wait to see it again after all these years. Also: I am excited to bring my son, Charlie to see The Wolf and Peter by CoisCéim. Being a spectator will be a nice thing to be for the next while.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Television: 

I am a big comedy fan, so I’ve been lolling along to My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for the last few months. I like silliness a LOT! If I want darkness I go to Scandinavia - The Killing, The Bridge etc.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Gig:

I’m in a band called The Evertides and we have treated ourselves to tickets to see/hear the extraordinary Agnes Obel at The Olympia in June. The last gig I attended was Marc O’Reilly in Whelans. He’s an incredible Irish musician and songwriter, and any time he plays nearby I will go to see/hear him. He has a brilliant thing going on. Again, he does his own thing. There’s no one like him.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Art:

I am looking forward to checking out Beyond Caravaggio at The National Gallery. A cultural expedition for my son Charlie and I.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Podcast:

I listen to a lot of podcasts. They are mostly along the line of the spiritual and Buddhist way of thinking. A lady who I’ve been tuning into for years now is Tara Brach, a Buddhist, psychotherapist and meditation teacher. She has been almost like a sounding board for me, when I get stuck or lose my way.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Tech: 

I taught music to primary school kids, and they used to love playing on this website that I found and I’d recommend it to anyone of any age. It’s impossible not to like and appreciate it for it’s simple enjoyment. It’s called Incredibox. Check it out here.

The Next Big Thing:

There is a really wonderful group from Dundalk called Sonnets & Sisters, whose music is really pure and folky and cool. Beautiful harmonies and lyrics. I’d love to see them going places.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Photo: Tom Swift