Lots of local references are promised as new local theatre company perform Mark  O’Rowe’s ‘dark and dangerous comedy set in Dublin’s suburbs’.  Blackbird Theatre Company take to the stage with ‘From Both Hips’ this weekend and we had a chat with performer and all-round theatre lover, Emma O’Brien.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background and where you grew up?
I’m from Springfield, Tallaght. I grew up with Laura and Paul (Liz and Paul) – we all went to St.Marks primary and secondary schools. We met Helen (the director) in secondary school where we all worked on musical and theatrical performances both in and outside school.

What sparked your interest in the arts?
A primary school teacher – Ms. Monaghan used to study art with us and bring us on trips to the theatre and art galleries. My family are very musical and we always had music playing in the house including various bands practising in our sitting room. 

Tell us about Blackbird Theatre Company?
Blackbird Theatre came to fruition in 2018. After producing various plays including The Importance of being Earnest and The Plough and The Stars under Run Rabbit Theatre, we decided to start afresh. We hope to make this the first of many for Blackbird. 

What else do you do?
I am Programming Executive in a Dublin venue. 

What can Tallaght audiences expect from ‘From Both Hips’?
They will laugh, they will seethe and they will love the local references.

What’s next for you?
There are a few productions on our bucket lists…we hope to tick these off, and add plenty more over the next few years 

Tell us a random fact about yourself?
I performed in a school piece in the Civic Theatre about 20 years ago. Dressed as a doll – we danced around to Cliff Richards ‘Living Doll’. This was my first ever time to perform on stage. 

Great to see your first performance was in The Civic. Break legs at the Weekend!

From Both Hips
Sunday 21st Oct, 8pm