Tara Flynn joined Norma Burke on the Near FM Arts Show to talk about her most recent book RAGE-IN , a very funny and illuminating collection of essays which starts with satirical rage but is ultimately a plea for empathy. She also talks about the Repeal Movement, why she left Twitter and how online affects real life as well as her new podcast TARANOIA which launches on Monday September 10th on the Headspace Podcast Network.
More on Tara below…
Tara is an Irish actress and writer. She came to international attention for her satirical videos, Racist B&B, which earned her the title Satirist of the Year 2013 at the Swift Satire Festival, and Armagayddon – co-written with Kevin McGahern.
She has written two satirical books – You’re Grand: the Irishwoman’s Secret Guide to Life and Giving Out Yards: the Art of Complaint, Irish Style(Hachette Books Ireland) and a book of essays, Rage In for Headstuff and Mercier Press was a 2018 best seller.
Tara has worked extensively in Ireland and the UK as an actress in theatre, radio and TV. TV includes roles in Irish Pictorial Weekly, Line of Duty, Moone Boy, Doctors, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, The Omid Djalili Show, The Impressions Show with Culshaw & Stephenson, Hide & Seek(directed by Dearbhla Walsh) and she was part of the recurring cast on Thank God You’re Here UK.
She played DI Tina Mahon opposite David Threlfall in season five of Baldi for Radio Four. Her own piece Fete Worse Than Death was recorded for the Radio Four Funny Bones series.
Favourite theatre roles include Miss Fitt in Beckett’s All That Fall for Out of Joint Theatre Co. (drected by Max Stafford Clark), most of the female voices in Stewart Lee’s EdFringe production of Talk Radio, and Suzy Bernstein in I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell for the Abbey Theatre.
She was a founder-member of comedy singing trio The Nualas and was a core member of Dublin Comedy Improv for over 15 years.
In her past life as a stand-up, she performed at festivals including Edinburgh Fringe, Kilkenny Cat Laughs and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
You might have seen her on panel shows, including The Panel (Channel 10, Australia and the RTÉ version with Dara Ó Briain) and she’s a regular radio contributor. She is one of Ireland’s top voice artists, with numerous commercial and animation credits.
She is a columnist for Irish Tatler, a contributor to the Irish Times, and wrote a weekly Rage-In for Headstuff.
Her YouTube channel is here.
You can find her on Instagram at @taraflynnirl