Actress Sarah Morris is currently starring in Iseult Golden and David Horan's play Class, which completes its nationwide tour of Ireland this weekend. A graduate of The Lir Academy, earlier this year she won the 2019 Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actress for her work in Anu's The Lost O'Casey.
We asked Sarah for her choice cultural picks...
I think my favorite film is probably Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia. My most recent visit to the cinema was to see Joker. I don't get to the cinema enough, so I really enjoyed the novelty of going to the Ritzy in Brixton, it's a beautiful old picture house full of character. I'm a huge true crime fan and a huge Jaouquin Phoenix fan so this ticked all the boxes for me. I thought it was a stunning piece of cinema from the cinematography and Phoenix's beautifully pitched balance of vulnerability and disturbing behaviour. I think society often shies away from believing there can be a much darker side to human behaviour, particularly people that are mentally ill and on the outskirts of society. Its easier to blame a monster if they look like a monster. I love watching the journey of a functioning human, a troubled and lonely man into an extremely violent, dangerous and essentially, impulsive killer. I also loved the Taxi Driver references and enjoyed Robert De Niro's appearance in the film. Overall, I thought it was a brilliant piece of cinema.
Other than that, I'm dying to see Marriage Story, I'm loving the sound of this so that's next on the list.
At the minute I'm rediscovering some of my old favorites, been playing a good bit of Arcade Fire actually, But I suppose recently I have been listening to a lot of Tyler The Creator. I discovered him through Frank Ocean and have been listening to all his albums to date. I'm a huge hip hop fan and I Love Tyler's grungey sound with serious '80s and '90s beats. His videos are great too - I love A Boy Is A Gun off his album Igor.
I've fallen off my reading, as I usually read 3 pages and I'm fast asleep. Most recently I read Michelle Mc Namara's I'll Be Gone In The Dark about the Golden State Killer. It's a brilliant read and ultimately her extensive research and obsession with the case led to Joseph DeAngelo's arrest.
I started to listen to a weird one recently called Radio Rental - it's basically about strange, suspicious, dangerous and even supernatural encounters. Its a Tenderfoot podcast from Payne Lyndsey and the makers of Up and Vanished, a different premise narrated by Rainn Wilson in a rather bizarre way. The content is quick segments which can be really interesting, it's a little more light-hearted than my usual true crime podcasts. I'm also a huge fan of This American Life. My boyfriend Jamie always listens to The Guardian Football Weekly podcast. I always enjoy catching some of it when it's playing in the house, particularly the out and out dryness of Barry Glendenning, I think he is gas.
I just saw the mural Emma Blake did recently in Dublin of Derry Girls actress Siobhan McSweeney in Portobello, on the site of the recently closed Bernard Shaw pub - the caption simply reads "Another hotel? Christ!". She has hit the nail on the head. This mural made me smile, and feel a camaraderie with both Emma Blake and Sister Micheal. Shes definitely an exciting, important artist, grabbing your attention with a bit of culture, wit and empathy in a pretty fast-paced world.
Fool For Love by Sam Shepard. I've started reading the play and I'm loving it. The characters are so full and electric - I love when you read a play and you get excited because all you can think of is playing a particular character in it because there is so much to get your teeth in to! I just went to see Nancy Harris's Two Ladies at the Bridge Theatre in London. It was Brilliant. I love Nancy's work, one of my favorite plays of all time is her Our New Girl which is just unbelievable, I think Nancy writes the most exciting and complex characters in a very understated way. Her dialogue is always so sharp and witty and effortless. Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić as the two leading ladies in Two Ladies were both fantastic.
Natalya O'Flaherty is a really exciting spoken word performer. She is a fearless, intelligent and balsy young woman. She has her own opinions and ideas, and writes about what matters to her and what affects her right now. I love to think of a new wave of young Irish talent being encouraged and applauded to create and collaborate with exciting new directors, mentors and musicans. She has some serious talent and I'm really excited to see what is to come from her in the near future. Keep an eye on this woman.
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Class by Iseult Golden and David Horan tours nationwide in November 2019 - find a location near you here.