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”. I’ve never stopped taking class, learning and growing and I hope I never will.
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!
Some of my 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….. and yes that’s me in BORD BIA’s fish advert.
“MUST SEE SHOW….O’Driscoll can call down the angels in a light high tessitura – a whisper away from silence, and she can on occasion roar like a banshee. ……..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. And what she gets more than grief is life-affirming humour, and what she gets most is utter exhaustion…. No, she’s of a piece. This is consummately acted, wholly believable….most original riff …. in short, SEE IT”
– Simon Jenner, FringeReview – 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!!
HOME RULES – Uillinn Arts Centre, Skibbereen in 24th March
JUMP!? – my new play will premiere at Cork Arts Theatre Sept 27th -Oct 8th thanks to the Creative Empowerment Award.
BUSMAN’S HOLIDAY – is available on Amazon Prime USA
DREDGES – gritty, crime drama feature set in Dublin in which I play the driven but troubled Detective Inspector Liz Delahunt is due to be released shortly.
DUBLIN CRUST – filming will commence on this feature in March
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.