Rebecca O'Mara is a Dublin born actress. Her recent theatre work includes Helen and I (Druid Theatre), Desdemona in Othello (Abbey Theatre) and Chekhov's First Play (Dead Centre). She will soon appear as Frankie Hynes in TV3's Red Rock and is currently appearing as Amanda in the Gate Theatre's highly acclaimed production of Private Lives, which runs until June 24. She also voices the streamline engine, Caitlin, in Thomas and Friends

Film

I have a penchant for sci-fi, so I made sure that I got to see Aliens on the big screen in the Lighthouse Cinema recently. I had never seen it in the cinema and it is my favourite of the trilogy - it blows most sequels out of the water. I love James Cameron's feminist direction and because it's sort of a comfort movie of mine (I used to watch it along with Terminator and all the Star Wars movies with my brothers back in the 1980s), I know the entire script. I've always wanted to play Ripley - Sigourney Weaver's character who is smart, tough and takes no prisoners...

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Music

The soundtrack to The Letters by my composer partner Ciaran Hope! An exquisite and magical work which brings me into a calm and meditative state when I listen to it. The album is released by Sony, the track 'Mother Teresa' has already been played over 800,000 times on Spotify and is being played a phenomenal 2,000 times a day!

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Book

A friend of mine gave me The Wisdom of No Escape by American Buddhist Pema Chodron recently and I treasured every word. It's all about managing our expectations of life and enjoying what is. If we can open ourselves up to what is, in the moment, then we can accept things as they are and be grateful for what we have. 'Being satisfied with what we already have is a magical golden key to being alive in a full, unrestricted and inspired way.'

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Play

I am very excited about Landmark Production's of Woyzeck in Winter at the Galway International Festival this July. It's a fusion of two masterpieces: Büchner's Woyzeck and Schubert's Die Winterreise re-imagined by director Conall Morrison. It has a phenomenal line up of brilliant Irish actors including Rosaleen Linehan, Shane O'Reilly, Barry McGovern, Rory Nolan, Stephen Brennan, Patrick O'Kane and Camille O'Sullivan. It's also going to the Barbican in London...

Patrick O'Kane and Camille O'Sullivan star in Woyzeck in Winter 

TV

I haven't had any time to watch anything recently because of work, but I cannot wait to get my hands on Sky Atlantic's Guerrilla about a group of political activists in London in 1970s, and also for the BBC's upcoming revenge thriller Paula, written by Conor McPherson - the brilliant Denise Gough is in both.

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Gig

One of the draw backs of working in theatre is that I miss most gigs I want to see, I haven't been able to get to anything in ages. The day after we finished Othello at the Abbey last summer, we all went to The President's Garden Party for Artists at the Aras. It was so much fun, and I think the highest point was when Aslan performed Crazy World in the marquee after lunch and we were all dancing and singing along.

I shall be going to Baltimore synthpop band, Future Islands' gig in the Iveagh Gardens on 6th July! I adored their 2014 album Singles and I'm also enjoying their new album The Far Field. Their lead singer has a really unique performance style and I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing him live...

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Art 

Patrick Swift (1927-1983), Fig Tree with Figure, late 1970s, as illustrated in IMMA's 1993 catalogue. In 1991, my art dealer father, Stephen, and I went to the Algarve in search of the Irish artist who was a contemporary of Lucian Freud in London in the 1950s, which resulted in bringing his work home as a retrospective exhibition at IMMA. His work has been a part of my family life ever since. I am fascinated by his entirely novel use of the spoken word as an adjunct to entering his world. It is new, yet what you might expect from an Irish artist, whose friends were largely poets and whose interests were literary... Joyce was his hero.

Patrick Swift, Fig Tree with Figure

Podcast

Check out the podcast Broadway Backstory, a intriguing insight into how some of Broadway's most successful shows began including In the Heights and Spring Awakening with an all deaf cast...

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Tech 

I love my Flickster app! You can look up any film and it will bring up all info, including reviews and 'Rotten Tomato' ratings. It also lists all cinemas nearby and film times which saves trawling through websites for details.

The Next Big Thing...

My ridiculously talented co-star in Private Lives, Shane O'Reilly is one to watch and is the perfect leading man: charismatic, funny, smart and utterly gorgeous!