This week’s Friday’s Child is local playwright Brian Foster who penned the famous Derry play ‘Maire, a Woman of Derry.’ Brian is looking forward to the opening of his new play ‘From the Camp to the Creggan’ which premieres at the Millennium Forum on October 16.
How would you describe yourself?
Young, handsome, slim, self-delusional.
Happiest childhood memory?
Heading off on a glorious summer morning during the school holidays with my mates from Creggan Heights to the Black Hut with a lemonade bottle full of tap water and not a care in the world. You don’t realise you’re living your best days until they’re behind you.
What was your first job?
Favourite television programme?
The Office will never be equalled.
Favourite method of relaxation?
Pint of Guinness in hand, at the bar of the Village Inn with Ding and Sean Young, listening to Big Paddy Harkin behind the bar moaning about the cruel hand life has dealt him.
Favourite holiday destination?
Don’t really do holidays.
Who would you most like to meet?
Jack the Ripper. Just to get a look at who it actually was.
What makes you angry?
The bare faced lies politicians tell.
What makes you happy?
Finishing writing a play, reading through it, and thinking, ‘yeah, nice one, worth all the effort’.
What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
Not telling. Do people actually answer this question? Yes? The fools! The fools!
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
Losing my mother.
What is your greatest fear?
One of my children dying before me.
What has been the high point of your life to date?
Apart from marrying my wife and begetting my three smashing children, would have to be the opening night at The Lyric theatre, Belfast, of my first professional play, The Butterfly of Killybegs.
How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who failed many times, but always picked himself up and kept on trying. But especially as the writer of ‘From THE CAMP to THE CREGGAN which, coincidentally, opens next Wednesday night, 16th, in the Millennium Forum. Don’t tell anyone … but those in the know are calling it the funniest play ever to take to a Derry stage.
What is your most treasured possession?
Easy one. Wife, family, extended family.
If you won the lotto what would you do with it?
If it was an enormous win on the Euro Lottery, say 30 mill, I think I would like to build that massive statue of Colmcille out on the Foyle near the Peace Bridge. You know, the edifice Paddy Bogside was laughed at for advocating. As usual, Bogside was way ahead of his time. It would brand the city internationally for the next thousand years. I’m sure there were those who laughed at the very idea of a ‘Statue of Liberty’.
If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?
That it was made illegal for people to accumulate vast wealth (and here I’m talking billions, not the wee 30 mill I won on the Euro lottery in the previous question) which they can never spend, while children die of starvation for want of a decent meal.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
As a firm believer in reincarnation it would have to be, ‘MANY HAPPY RETURNS’.