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Topic: Damien Molony TRAVELLING LIGHT Interview | BBC Radio NEWCASTLE | 4 April 2012

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Damien appeared on BBC Radio Newcastle 4 April 2012 to give an interview for TRAVELLING LIGHT (and Being Human!)

 

 

 



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******* TRANSCRIPT!! *******

 

Because some international fans cannot access the BBC iplayer and because the interview will eventually disappear into puff of smoke, I have done a transcript!

Enjoy what is truly an epic interview!

 

 

Transcript of Damien Molony Interview on the Simon Logan BBC Radio Newcastle show 4 April 2012

 

[segment begins at 2 hours 50 mins]

 

SL: This week at Newcastle's Theatre Royal, you can find the National Theatre and their production of travelling light. Not only does it feature the heavyweight talent of sir Anthony Sher amongst its' ranks, but also actor Damien Molony, who you might recognise from a certain tv programme, more about that in a bit. He popped along and I asked him what Travelling Light was all about this week at the Theatre Royal Newcastle.

 

DM: It's a love letter to cinema in that it's a very charming, magical, gentle tale of how cinema could be invented, ehm, in a small Jewish village in the early 1900's, and there's lots of lovely little moments in the play where, I play the character Motl who is a film director, and my assistant who is Anna and we discover editing and we discover closeups and how lighting effects different scenes and how lighting effects the face and throughout the play there are little harkbacks to wonderful little cinematic moments, kind of about really how cinema was invented

 

SL: and it looks at the migration on Jews going to America doesn't it 

 

DM: yes, together with the overall story about the invention of cinema there's so many different themes running throughout the play, whether it's a love story between my character and Anna, or whether it's the migration of Jews to America, because of course so many producers in the golden age of Hollywood were Jewish immigrants 

 

SL: did they come from like Eastern Europe, have I got that right ?

 

DM: I'm not sure where Sam Goldwyn or F.W Murnau would have come from, I think Murnau was German, certainly, our play is based in Lithuania. I suppose Jewish people must have had a real kind of passion for storytelling, and that kind of translated itself into the storytelling trend of movies in Hollywood, so the character played by Anthony Sher starts off the first scene telling this magnificent story, and he just has a distinctive desire to tell stories and because we have a camera and because we have a cast of villagers we suddenly together make this amazing tale

 

SL: Anthony Sher is a very well renowned actor, what's it like working with him?

 

DM: Oh it's amazing, and such a privilege for me, well I suppose as a young actor starting my career, to work with him. He's so generous and he's so hardworking and he's so passionate and he's so energetic, on stage and in the rehearsal room, he gave his heart and soul every single day and it's just .. I'm just trying to learn as much as I possibly can ..

 

SL: really .. 

 

DM: yeah he's really amazing 

 

SL do you find when you're working with someone of that stature that it does kind of brush off on you ? 

 

DM: oh, you'd hope so, you're hoping for just a little bit of dust to fall your way [ laughs ]

 

SL: and do they actually guide you, do they say, 'you know, you'd be better off doing it This way'

 

DM: some do and some don't, but I really appreciate that because these guys have been doing it far longer than I ever have, and if they can, you know, help me transform a speech by emphasizing one word more than another, I mean, then all the better, it tells the story so much better 

 

SL: how long have you been doing it for ?

 

DM: Really very recently, I moved to London about 3 and a half years ago to attend drama school for 3 years and I left drama school in July and it's kind of been a whirlwind since then, so it's been great 

 

SL: wow it's been quite quick hasn't it 

 

DM: yeah, listen I've been very lucky  

 

SL: this is Damien who has been treading the boards with the National Theatre, you know..but he is by night, a vampire, he's a very good looking vampire, find out what I'm on about after 3 o'clock

 

[end segment at 2 hours 53.5mins ]

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[segment begins 3 hours 12 mins]

 

SL: Damien Molony is an Irish actor who is in the North East at the moment with The National Theatre, he appears at the Theatre Royal alongside Sir Anthony Sher in a 'Travelling Light', but Damien has a darker string to his bow as you'll find out now. He's taken up residence in the cult BBC show Being Human, as a vampire, so I asked him how it was going.

 

DM: it's been absolutely amazing, the support that we've got from fans, from all over the uk and specifically Newcastle, because I've got so many tweets from people in Newcastle since I arrived yesterday, just saying so many things about Travelling Light but also about Being Human, and it's just so great that we have the opportunity now to make a fifth series 

 

SL: for those who haven't seen it, you play a vampire , a very old vampire 

 

DM: yeah a 517..can't you tell just by looking at me 

 

[ Laughter ]

 

SL: no! 

 

DM: yeah a 517 year old vampire 

 

SL: you're so fresh faced !

 

DM: it's amazing what an early morning shower will do

[ Laughter ]

 

SL: how do you go about preparing to be a vampire though, it's not as if you can go and ask a vampire how view feel, is it ?

 

DM: No, I suppose, I tell you what I spoke to an actor called Jason Watkins, who played the big, big bad guy for 3 series, and he said the only thing you need to do to play a vampire is just be hungry 

 

SL: [ laughter ]

 

DM: it was so terrifying when he told me that, but I was like, of course! that's all you have to do 

 

SL: for the blood

 

DM: yeah 

 

SL: this play that you're in, Travelling Light, is it funny ?

 

DM: Oh it's very very funny, but it's also very very sad, there are some wonderful comic moments, and there's also some moments with real heart and real charm, I just think it's a joy to be able to tell this tale to audiences every single evening 

 

SL: How long are you here for ? 

 

DM: Only for 5 days unfortunately, last night was our first night,  there is a Q & A after the show, this evening, with some of the cast and then we've a matinee and an evening show tomorrow and an evening show on Friday and then a matinee and an evening show on Saturday 

 

SL: Do you get lots of people coming to see you because they've seen you on Being Human ?

 

 DM: Some people do and they let me know which is great and if that means we get more audience members in all the better, but it's lovely to have everyone's support

 

 

SL: you don't mind people knowing you for that because obviously you have done other things as you are doing at the moment 

 

DM: Erm..

 

SL: You know, this typecasting thing that people go on about

 

DM: oh yeah yeah, I try not to worry about that kind of thing, what is so great is you have Hal and Motl, the character I play now, are so different, that's the beauty of being an actor, you get to tell different stories and get to be different people every day of the week 

 

SL: I often wonder, is it daunting joining a series like that, that has such a strong following ?

 

DM: A little bit, I was actually quite nervous before I started ..

 

SL: I'm not surprised 

 

DM: ...but reading  the scripts and working with the fantastic team of writers and crew members and also cast, you know, Michael and Lenora, it was just so exciting to be able to kind of unleash myself into this part, and to become a vampire, it was just really really exciting and I took the bit at the mouth and really went for it 

 

SL: [ laughing ] good.. and you get to dress up, you are very dapper 

 

DM: oh yeah that's the best part about being a vampire, you get all the best clothes 

 

SL: Travelling Light, am I right in saying it started off at the National Theatre ?

 

DM: Yes, we started rehearsals in November at opened in January in the National 

 

SL: ok well listen more with Damien in just a second on BBC Newcastle, it's always interesting when someone is visiting the North East for the first time, he tells me how he's been appreciating the toon [town]

[end segment 3hours 18mins] 

 

 

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[segment begins 3hours 22 mins]

 

SL: This week at Newcastle's Theatre Royal you can find the National Theatre and their production Travelling Light. Not only does it feature the heavy weight talent Sir  Anthony Sher, amongst its' ranks is actor Damien Molony. He popped along and told me what life was like as a travelling actor 

 

DM: It's great touring, you get to see parts of the uk that I've never ever been to before, add I was so looking forward to Newcastle because I've had friends who've supported Newcastle United since I was 5 or 6 years old, and it's great to finally be up here and to see the amazing architecture, we had a taxi driver who .. 

 

SL: That's what you were saying, you had a bit of a tour didn't you 

 

DM: yeah a lovely guy called Bill we started off at the earl grey statue, which was amazing I learnt about earl grey tea, and then we went down Grey street, near the castle, so I'll probably go and check out the castle This week, and then we went to the mecca, St. James' Park, which I never thought I'd see

 

SL: Sport Direct arena 

 

DM: Whatever..

 

SL: [ Laughter ]

 

DM: and then he showed us where the brewery was and told me about why Geordies are called Geordies and it's just..oh amazing

 

SL: Why are Geordies called Geordies?

 

DM: here's the history lesson! it's to do with the amazing miners back in the day who would transfer from mine to mine because they were amazingly hard working and they could get loads of coal out of a specific [unintelligible]

 

SL: oh, ok 

 

DM: and they were paid with a King George guinea, and the King George guinea was called a Geordie, so if you're an amazing miner you were called a Geordie. am I right?

 

SL: It's sounds convincing..

 

DM: Well I believed it 

 

SL: I'm sold, I actually didn't know, we've all learnt something now 

 

[ Laughter ]

 

SL: Well listen, good luck with the run, Travelling Light at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle for the rest of this week. I'm going to give you thirty seconds to sell it to us, why should we go and see it ? Go! 

 

DM: because.. you should come and see Travelling Light because it's a wonderfully gentle evening out to the Theatre, it's a charming, magical, simple tale of love, passion and - what everyone loves - storytelling and the invention of cinema, how cinema could have been invented and a young obsessive ambitious young Jewish boy that got his hands on a camera in the early 1900's 

 

SL: sorry we're out of time 

That sounded rather rude didn't it? It was meant to be, 'thank you Damien Molony you can see him all this week at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle', fabulous, what a nice fella. 

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Available now on BBC iplayer!

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00q3qms

Hint: the parts with Damien are spread throughout the show, beginning at just before the 2 hour 50m mins mark!

come and share what you you thought of the interview!



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Whoop! some kind soul has uploaded  the interview on youtube!

thanks SCDObserver! smile



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Transcript typos now amended!

I know it is no substitute for hearing the wonderful voice of our favourite actor, but maybe those who were unable to hear the interview can imagine that wonderful irish intonation and voice! 

I hope everyone enjoyed it, what did you think of the interview? :)

I loved hearing about his tour of Newcastle, and thanks to Damien's eloquent and engaging 30 seconds description of it,  I am even more desperate to see Travelling Light when it comes back to London!

 

"you should come and see Travelling Light because it's a wonderfully gentle evening out to the Theatre, it's a charming, magical, simple tale of love, passion and - what everyone loves - storytelling and the invention of cinema, how cinema could have been invented and a young obsessive ambitious young Jewish boy that got his hands on a camera in the early 1900's". 

~~ Damien Molony ~~



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Thank you so much for the transcript and the yt links! I only could listen to half of the Leeds interview and didn't have time to finish before BBC took it down a few weeks ago. I'm so glad I get the chance to listen to this one more often. :D

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I heard the Leeds one, but missed this, thanks for making it available and the transcript I like to read as well as listen !! ;)

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Isn't his voice just... *thuds*

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Hi Irishgal! It is my pleasure, and like you I enjoy reading and listening to interviews too..and especially when it comes to Damien Molony... isn't it just a case of as many sensory inputs as possible?!

It was SDCObserver on Youtube who uploaded the radio interview with some Damien pics for all to enjoy!

Eileen..I so agree...Damien has a wonderfully, to me, poetic voice, and it is also a treat to hear his 'proper' english accent as Hal, truly impeccable, real talent.



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Just bumping this one up for newer forumers who may have missed it, a wonderful, long radio interview with Damien from 2012, when he was performing with the National Theatre in 'TravellingLight'. He talks about Being Human too!

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I remember seeing this as the actual play wanted to see was sold out of day tickets but travelling light still had some left. It was a risk, but I take risks... I remember absolutely loving it, and loving Damiens character but I hadn't seen him in anything else.... it was amazing when the penny dropped and realised it was the same fella.... I know the other play received higher consideration but I disagreed. I remember being lucky enough to be centre second row.... Awe

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Sounds like a lovely memory kallie :)

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