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Jul 06 2017

Aaron Monaghan, actor

It’s frightening to explore the more vulnerable spaces of yourself

He will play the role of a silent man in an opera at the Galway International Arts Festival. He will appear as an IRA volunteer determined to break out of the Maze prison in the Galway Film Fleadh. He is an essential part of the Druid Ensemble team of actors. Yet Aaron Monaghan admits acting was something he came into “at the very last minute”.

Aaron - well known in Galway from his performances with Druid in Waiting for Godot, The Cripple Of Inismaan, DruidSynge, and DruidMurphy - plays the lead role in The Second Violinist by Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy as part of GIAF 17. He will also appear alongside Tom Vaughan Lawlor in Maze, directed by Stephen Burke, at next week’s Fleadh.

An outstanding, superb, actor, it seems strange he might not have gone down this path at all - originally he planned to become an architect. “I didn’t know it was possible to be an actor,” Aaron tells me during our Wednesday afternoon interview. “No one in my family had anything to do with it, but you know the saying, ‘Acting is the shy man’s revenge’.”

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