Hello & welcome.
I am an actor, an acting teacher, a skills coach, a corporate entertainer, an educational theatre provider and the co-writer/performer of solo play Seven Ages of MAM. Please take a look around my website and don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions, thoughts, projects, collaborations or musings on any or all of it.
I’d be delighted to start a conversation with you.
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I’m from Cork but I went to school in Dublin. I lived in England twice, for a total of eleven years (Wiltshire & London) and the USA for five years (Boston, Aspen & New York)
I came to acting late having first gone down the “sensible” route of a business degree (B.Comm 2.1) and a marketing career.
I originally trained in New York with Uta Hagen at the the HB Studio. I’m a firm believer in ongoing training to challenge myself and stay “acting fit” so I’ve never stopped and I hope I never will stop taking class, learning and growing as a performer.
I love to play real, relatable, characters who are battling against the odds somehow, maybe trying to right the wrongs, or overcome or just cope with the hand they have been dealt. Frequently they are witty or humorous in some way and more often than not they have an emotional journey to travel. The type that make you laugh & cry at the same time. I Love ’em … bring ’em on!
In 2020/21, the strangest of times, I was delighted to take part in The Everyman Theatre’s Play It By Ear season playing numerous roles in audio broadcasts of THE WHITEHEADED BOY and THE FOUR FACED LIAR ; to have appeared as the twinkly-eyed, right-swiping mum in BORD BIA’s fish advert and to have feature film BUSMAN’S HOLIDAY starring Jamie McShane (Bloodline) released on Amazon.
Some of my other favourite roles to date include:- The feisty, yet warm & compassionate Maureen in Alfonso Films, PAT with Rosaleen Lenihan & Moe Dunford; Mary, the bighearted, resilient, matriarcal glue opposite Pat Shortt in IFTA nominated SMALLTOWN; the straight-talking but weary hospital consultant trying to talk some sense into THE YOUNG OFFENDERS and Maureen in two wildly different theatrical productions of THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE.
“What O’Driscoll is master of is pause and sudden tangent, the surprise monologue, the hilariously detailed aside, the squirm of embarrassment, and the language of love and forgiveness and letting go. What O’Driscoll brings even more than the humour is the sudden abiding grief….. she’s of a piece….consummately acted, wholly believable…”
– Simon Jenner, Fringe Review – Re: Seven Ages of Mam
“Pauline O’Driscoll gives an excellent performance as the droll depressive daughter” – Marjorie Brennan, Irish examiner – Re: Cosy
NEWS: – The good type!!
SMALLTOWN is currently available on Virgin Media Player. Link to all three episodes here
THE FOUR FACED LIAR is available to listen to online throughout March as part of The Everyman Theatre’s Play It By Ear/Made In Cork season. Tickets here
I am determined to bring the multi-layered, warm, funny, heart-breaking wonder that is SEVEN AGES OF MAM (shortlisted for Best New Play at Brighton Fringe & rated as a “Must See Show” by Fringe Review) to more audiences in 2021….. watch this space!
DREDGES a gritty, crime drama feature film set in Dublin in which I play the driven, determined but troubled Detective Inspector Liz Delahunt is due to be released shortly.
Photo Credits: Seven Ages of Mam – Rehearsal Shot – C.P Kelleher : Headshot 2021 – Jed Niezgoda : The Young Offenders – Peter Foott, Vico Films/BBC/RTE: Mary in Smalltown – Gerard Barrett, Blank Page Productions/TV3.