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All The Best: Dancing by Moonlight director Paula McFetridge

The 46-year-old is the artistic director of the Kabosh Theatre Company. She lives in Belfast with husband Vincent Higgins

By Kerry McKitterick

My best moment

Standing at the top of the aisle having just got married to Vincent when (Belfast composer and musician) Neil Martin played a song he had written for us called Planksy Higgins – we had never heard it before. The song ended up being recorded by Liam O'Flynn.

My best way to relax

My sofa and a glass of rioja. A decent steak goes down well too – Vincent is good at those.

My best job

I've never done anything that didn't involve a stage. I started working with the Belfast Circus School doing the can-can on stilts and even ran the Lyric Theatre. I love working with Kabosh now. We have a great little team and a fantastic following.

My best advice

Always be true to yourself – that was given by my elocution teacher May McHenry, who passed away recently.

My best book

The first is Grace Notes by Bernard MacLaverty and the second is Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Both are beautifully written.

My best gift

My mum bought me a purple Kingpin bike to do my cycling proficiency test on and I loved it. It was the coolest bike to have back then.

My best achievement

I'm an excellent auntie and I take my role very seriously. I have five nieces annephews – three are here and two are in Altanta, Georgia. I juggle for them, take them places and send them postcards from everywhere I go.

My best buy

I bought a rainbow lamp for my niece at the Armagh Planetarium. It's wonderful as it casts a rainbow over her bed – she takes it with her everywhere she goes.

My best movie

I'm a real sucker for adventure movies and disasters so I absolutely love the Poseidon Adventure – the original one with Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters from 1972, that is.

My best song

For me it's Cyprus Avenue from the album Astral Weeks, by Van Morrison. The first reason is that I'm a Belfast girl and the second reason is because Vincent and I met when we played boyfriend and girlfriend at a play in the Lyric in 1994 and that song accompanied the scene. We started going out the day after we met.


Paula will be directing Belfast By Moonlight in St George's Church, Belfast as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's, from October 18-31. For further details, visit

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