Emma Clarendon chatted to Rachael about starring in Eoin McAndrew’s The Girl Who Was Very Good At Lying at the Omnibus Theatre.

Hi Rachael, could you tell me what The Girl Who Was Very Good at Lying is about? On the surface it’s about a young woman who is stuck in a small town in rural Northern Ireland. Everything she does is monitored and watched, so the only way to escape is through her imagination. The problem is, that gets her into trouble. Her conscious effort to ‘be honest’ is thrown to the wind when an American comes to town and she puts everything on
the line to get his attention.

But, look a bit deeper and you’ll see it’s about someone who uses over-stimulation and fabricated realities to keep that horrible feeling at bay. The feeling we all have to face up to at some point in our lives – That we are all mundane creatures, who will probably die without even scratching the surface of our potential. We watch this woman come to terms with this, and in turn, be freed by it.

What did you think of the play when you read it? It’s an incredibly well written play. As soon as I started reading it, I couldn’t help but say it out loud and start playing with the characters. Eoin has managed to get himself into the
mind of a young Irish woman and bring to life an authentic – albeit absurd – depiction of small town angst.

Could you tell me about your character Catriona? Catriona can’t help herself. She knows that she ‘should’ tell the truth, but life is just so muchmore exciting when you don’t! Her relationship with her mother is strained and her reputation in the town isn’t good. She’s very alone and there doesn’t seem to be an end to it. The American coming to town acts as renewed hope, and she begins to build a life with him, unfortunately it’s in her head. At
least there’s no worry about the ‘honeymoon period’ ending – She can just reimagine them a new life. Boredom is for the boring.

How does it feel to be bringing The Girl Who Was Very Good at Lying to the Omnibus Theatre? It feels amazing! It’s such a beautiful theatre and we have this opportunity to utilise a space and bring what’s going on inside Catriona’s mind to life. Everyone at the Omnibus have been incredibly welcoming, it’s a really wonderful theatre to be performing in.

What can audiences expect from the show when they come along? They can expect a lot of lies and even more brutal honesty. Everyone has worked to create this incredible expression of what’s going on in this complex woman’s mind, and maybe you’ll find you have a lot more in common than you think.

By Emma Clarendon

The Girl Who Was Very Good at Lying will play at the Omnibus Theatre from the 2nd to the 21st November.