INTERVIEW WITH BRONAGH MCFEELY

Originally from Derry, Bronagh studied Drama at Queen’s University Belfast. After graduating she moved to New Zealand where she spent a year working with a number of the country’s leading theatre companies and producers; including My Accomplice and Trick of the Light Theatre. Since returning to Northern Ireland Bronagh has been working as a freelance producer, arts administrator and casting assistant across theatre, film and television. As a producer Bronagh was responsible for financing and managing a successful restaging of one of Northern Ireland’s most popular plays- Mojo Mickybo by Owen McCafferty. After completing a sell-out run in the Lyric Theatre’s Naughton Studio, the production toured a number of venues both in the North and South of Ireland in 2015. She is currently a Regional Stage One Trainee Producer at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

At the moment you are…
Regional Stage One Trainee Producer at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

What does Stage One mean to you?
Stage One means a huge amount to me. It has given me an opportunity to do what I love full time and soak up all the knowledge and expertise from experienced professionals in the industry. I also love that I can rely on Sophie and Louise at Stage One for guidance and support.

Last show you saw and loved?
The Man in the Woman’s Shoes written and directed by Mikel Murfi. This show kept me smiling for days afterwards and reminded me why I want to be a producer. It is a one man play with no set and minimal props but it completely transported me from the theatre. There was a simplicity to the production that displayed storytelling at its absolute finest. I was hooked from the opening scene and was still talking about it weeks after. That’s how you know you loved a show!

What do you think, is the best thing about the Theatre Industry?
I’m very fortunate to get to work every day with creatives and professionals who love what they’re doing. It’s such an inspiring environment to be a part of. I also LOVE theatre, so the fact I can watch plays as part of my job is a dream!

What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
My parents always have advice to give whether you want it or not! But I’d have to say the best piece of advice they have given me is when you’re faced with something out of your comfort zone is to meet it head on and ‘wrestle it to the ground!’ (Not literally of course, you should never wrestle a difficult director to the ground…).