“I still do not believe I have any talent, only stubbornness and commitment”


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Olwen Fouéré is an actor, writer and theatre artist. She is a non-conformist and persistent woman who is absolutely committed to their work, with a long and glistening career in the world of acting, especially theatre acting.  Fouéré has worked with most major theatre companies in Ireland and in the United Kingdom, playing leading roles in numerous productions at the Abbey Theatre and at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK and in the West End. She has received numerous awards and nominations including Irish Times/ESB Best Actress (2011, 2006, 2000 and 1999), Dublin Theatre Festival Best Actor 2003, and the Dublin Theatre Festival Samuel Beckett Award in 1998. In 2014 she received the prestigious Herald Archangel award of the Edinburgh Festivals, the Irish Times Special Tribute Award for outstanding achievement and contribution to Irish Theatre, and The Stage Award for Acting Excellence. In 2010, she established an artistic entity called “TheEmergencyRoom” for the development of her ongoing projects. An intelligent and independent woman, Olwen Fouéré is fascinating for many reasons. She is a versatile actress who gives off an air of naturalness, charisma, strength and, above all, humility. Olwen is an artist in the broadest sense of the word, and she reinvents herself and challenges herself with every new project. She’s a free spirit.

Q- Tell us about your career. When did it start? How did you discover your talent?

“I had no conscious intentions of becoming an actor. I was interested in art, music, film, theatre and live performance but did not realize it was even possible to ‘become’ an actor as a life choice. Then I came to a crossroads and followed some inner imperative which led me to begin working as an actor when I was 22 years old. I had no idea whether I was any good and I still do not believe I have any talent, only stubbornness and commitment.”

Q- What do you like most about working as an Artistic Director?

“The challenge, the danger and the freedom of giving life to  a new work for which I hold full responsibility.”
Olwen Fouéré in SODOME, MY LOVE by Laurent Gaudé directed by Lynne Parker at Projects Arts from 12th March –27th March 2010.    Rough Magic in association with TheEmergencyRoom. Photo: Anthony Woods

Photo: Anthony Woods

Q-  What was a great moment for you as an actor? 

“The terror and beauty of my first solo performance. It was called ‘The Diamond Body’ and created in collaboration with the writer Aidan Mathews, the composer Roger Doyle and the designer John Comiskey.”

 

Q- What is your favourite Irish play by a woman?

“There are many I love: some of my big favourites are by Marina Carr especially ‘The Mai’, ‘By the Bog of Cats’ and ‘The Cordelia Dream’. “

"I had no idea whether I was any good and I still do not believe I have any talent, only stubbornness and commitment.”

 Q- What’s the greatest threat to theatre? 

“Autocracy, Bureaucracy, and the disenfranchisement  of theatre artists.”

 

 Q-  Who has been the most influential person in your life so far?

“No one particular person I can think of.”

“I like the challenge, the danger and the freedom of giving life to a new work for which I hold full responsibility.”

Q- Are there any upcoming projects that you would like to mention? 

“As a free lance actor, I am starting to work more in film, which I am happy about.    There are two feature films in the coming year -­‐   one by the Irish filmmaker Rúan Magan and one by the British filmmaker Tessa Sheridan.
I also have at least three theatre projects of my own in development. Next month we (TheEmergencyRoom) are remounting our production of Lessness by Samuel Beckett which premiered at the Barbican International Beckett Festival 2014. It will play at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin. We will also be remounting riverrun for the Ireland 2016 programme at the Kennedy Centre Washington DC and producing a new play by the French writer Laurent Gaudé at the end of next year.
And I will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Dublin City University which I am very chuffed about, especially having had no third level education.”

The Many Faces of Olwen Fouéré

Fouére was born in Ireland of Breton parents Yann Fouéré and Marie-Magdeleine Mauger.

 

 

She is a leading Irish actor and artist whose extensive creative practice navigates the performance disciplines of theater, film, visual arts, music, and literature.

 

Fouéré’s first professional performance occurred in June 1976.

 

She works internationally in English and in French.

FILM

WOUND
QUARANTINE
THE SURVIVALIST
CAMILLO’S IDEA
NO COMPASS IN THE WILDERNESS
THE IRREDUCIBLE DIFFERENCE OF THE OTHER
TRADERS
THE WAKE
CASSANDRA: FRAGMENTS OF A PLAYSCRIPT
HORSE
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
THE RAFTERS
THE OTHER SIDE OF SLEEP
HERE LIES IN FILM
SALTWATER
SPACETRUCKERS
DA
ROOM AT FLYING DRAGON

TELEVISION

WATERLOO
PLAY NEXT DOOR – IF THOSE LIPS
ABOVE SUSPICION – THE RED DHALIA
THE AMBASSADOR
BALLYKISSANGEL
HARD SHOULDER
WHEN REASON SLEEPS
TIME AFTER TIME
THE IRISH RM
A PAINFUL CASE
THE BABYSITTERS

STAGE

SALOME
RIVERRUN
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
A TENDER THING
MARIA DE BUENOS ARIES
THE RITE OF SPRING / PETRUSHKA
THE BROKEN HEART
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
TERMINUS – INTERNATIONAL TOUR
THE REHEARSAL, PLAYING THE DANE
MEDEA
SODOME, MY LOVE
THE RITE OF SPRING
UNDER GLASS
PAULA SPENCER, LA FEMME QUI…
MACBETH
WOMAN AND SCARECROW
THE BULL
CATASTROPHE
TITUS ANDRONICUS
THE BULL
HERE LIES
A CRY FROM HEAVEN
THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS
THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
PASSADES
LA MUSICA
THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS
HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA
MACBETH
LESSNESS
BAILEGANGAIRE
CHAIR
THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
PEER GYNT
ROMEO & JULIET

THE TEMPEST
LIFE IS A DREAM
THE WAKE
ANGEL/BABEL
BY THE BOG OF CATS
LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN
THE ELECTROCUTION OF CHILDREN
FAIR LADIES AT A GAME OF POEM CARDS
THE TEMPEST
PLAY AND COME AND GO
DOUBLE HELIX
SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR
SLAUGHTER CITY
THE MAI
OLD TIMES
SHEEP’S MILK ON THE BOIL
HAMLET
THE TEMPEST AND MACBETH
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
SALOME
DANCING AT LUGHNASA
THE MASTER BUILDER
BAJAZET
CATHLEEN NI HOULIHAN & THE CUCHULAINN CYCLE
PEER GYNT
LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
UNCLE VANYA
FOOL FOR LOVE
INNOCENCE
THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
THE DIAMOND BODY
THE PENTAGONAL DREAM
THE THREE SISTERS
TWELFTH NIGHT
MARAT SADE

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OLWEN FOUÉRÉ
Actor, Director and Writer

www.olwenfouere.com

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