Ahead of her appearance with her own show Magic Hole, Joanna Neary tells Brian Donaldson all about nannying, Skins, her teenage fanclub and typecasting

hen character comic Joanna Near} worked as a nanm in a pr‘es'iotis lilc.

she didn‘t let the job stop her

imagination running wild. ()ne bo} she took to school would be entertained by stories ol how he lived in a house where the food would come out of the bin at night. climb the stairs and crawl m er his face. ‘l'd say that there were teabags in his ears and beans in his eyes and there was a dog at the bottom of the bin that would come upstairs to kiss him on the lace.‘ Despite being a storytelling nanny for most of her twenties. the case ol’ Louise Woodward (the British au pair com'icted ol' involuntary manslaughter in I998) put her oil the profession and she merrily pursued a stage career. Her debut Fringe show in 2004. .loumm

.Vum is .\o/ It (/1113 [It/1H1". earned a l’crricr Best Newcomer nomination and she has gone on to woo those who like then humour a bit inorc subtle and nuanced. Still. it‘s not all willows thirt_\somcthings she attracts. admitting to some surprising lans. ‘l'\c had lbwcar-old bots coming up to me to talk about the dolphin character I do and sonic llr_\car»olds ha\c qtiotcd in} lines at me lrom the ('clia .lohnson characlcr.‘ \Vhilc thc li’rii'f Izm nun/('1' Dame and an} number ol' aquatic creatures wont be able to hold much ol' an opinion on their stage representation. .\'ear_\ does include some real—lile celebs among her repertoire ol oddities and oddballs. Jane} (iodle) told me that lleston Blumenthal got wind that l was doing him on stage and he thought it was a luim} thing. .-\pparent|_\ some people ha\c gone tip to him and said "()i. llcston. l'\c got a 3‘ tampax and a tin ol cat liood‘. what do " _\Utl reckon I could do with that?” Nt‘M‘} hersell is \\‘ steadil} building ~ a reputation lrotn appearances on the small screen. ha\ ing appeared as .lohnn} \cgas‘ neighbour in l(/('(1/ and in the \lltll'lilVL‘tl l‘i—l \kc‘lcll tlllttll‘. Hug/21cc. r A But more ol' those admiring teenagers I‘ will ha\ e spotted her in Ski/1s. ‘l was the hippie drama teacher. I alwa}s tend to pla} middle—aged women with ten cats who ha\ e ne\ er had a husband and are on the \crge iii a ncr\otIs breakdown. I don‘t know what people see in me. I‘m perlectI) settled down and i hate cats. _\ct I get t)pccast as the freaks women who‘s about to collapse.~ (‘learl_\'. Neary has a career not about to tall in on itscll‘. though alter this appearance with

her illu‘eic [In/c. she may not rush back to

, Scotland with another hour—long e\tra\agan/a to

. perl'orm in .-\ugust. ‘l‘xe been ol‘l‘ered parts in

w.- _ . other people‘s shows so I might not do in} own

':\ one this >ear. But I‘m not sure it. I'd get

jealous not ha\ing in} own hour or

whether it would be great being

there without haxing the

pressure and loneliness oi

doing a show on _\our ow n.‘

Joanna Neary’s Magic Hole, Tron

Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 18 Mar.



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