This week’s Friday’s Child is Derry woman Aoibheann Biddle. Daughter of Sandra, Aoibheann is a past pupil of the Foyle School of Speech and Drama, the Mac Cafferty school of Music and was taught by Venessa Chapman and Lorraine Cullen. Aoibheann is coming to the end of her first year in the Trinity Conservatoire of Music London. and is playing lead role “Reno Sweeney In Anything Goes “ in Trinity’s end of year production
Happiest childhood memory?
Summer holidays playing in the street with my two best friends Eve Devine and Rachel Moore. “I’m bored” wasn’t in our vocabulary.
What was your first job?
I think I have forever been working for the FSSD since I was born! I remember when I was really young I would go on Saturdays to ‘help’.... I was 6!
I love the classics, Bronte and of course poetry, they don’t get better than W.B Yeats.
Favourite television programme?
I am a diehard Greys Anatomy fan.
‘To have rainbows you need to have rain.’ My mum said this quote to me and it has always stuck with me.
Favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere in Italy. I always call it Ireland with sun.
Who would you most like to meet?
My all time idol is the late jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald; But I’d like to meet Andrew Lloyd Webber- I would try and convince him to write a musical just for me!
What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
When I was in first year at Lumen Christi the school put on the show ‘Magic of the Musicals’, I forgot to tell my mum that we had to wear all black until the day of the show. It was ten past eight in the morning and Mrs Devine was about to pick me up and we couldn’t find anything in the house except for my daddy’s old polo t- shirt that he cut the grass in. Well I had no choice but to wear it and it was literally down to my knees. I had a solo which brought even more attention to the monstrosity of a top and to make it worse the whole concert was recorded. The video was constantly showing up during my 7 years at Lumen Christi . That polo shirt will haunt me.
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
When my Granda Bertie Barrett died. It was my first experience of having someone close to you pass away, and it was quite a sudden death. He is the person who I get my singing from and I know he would be telling all the “boys” in Pilot’s Row about how his grandchild is studying musical theatre in London. My sisters, Mairiosa and I were his life.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my voice, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.
What is your most treasured possession?
A few weeks before my Granda passed away he called me over and gave me his own personal book of his Moore’s Melody songs. The book is about 90 years old now and it has all the songs I remember him singing to me growing up.
If you won the lotto what would you do with it?
Firstly I would buy my parents a house in Lake Garda in Italy as it is their little piece of heaven. Then I would move to either New York or Los Angeles. You couldn’t be a part of my family if you didn’t give something back to those less fortunate than yourself ….so the Foyle Hospice; Foyle Search and Rescue: Smile Foundation and Cancer Research are some of the charities I would definitely help in whatever way I could.
If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?
To be a successful actress on Broadway.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today.