Belfast Telegraph

In my day: We quiz Alan McKee on the time of his life

Q. What was your decade?

A. The 90s. I was living away from home for the first time, working as an actor, fell in love, got married and had the first two of our four children. All in 10 years.

Q. What was life like?

A. It was a very optimistic time, the ceasefires and the Good Friday Agreement seemed like light at the end of a long dark tunnel. Also Manchester United were winning everything and Eric Cantona was in his pomp.

Q. What were you listening to?

A. While the press seemed obsessed with Oasis and Blur, all the cool kids were into dance music. David Holmes was (and still is) the daddy of them all.

Q. And the style?

A. Everything was much baggier at the start of the decade. Towards the end of the decade I started to realise that suits could be worn outside of funerals and court appearances.

Q. What has changed?

A. Everything! Mortgage, bills, more kids, more bills, my waistline. And my mobile phone back then could be powered by only two normal car batteries. I miss the fact that you could justifiably claim to be uncontactable.

Q. What was better back then?

A. Pubs because they were just pubs. Not gastro-pubs, or theme pubs, or cafe bars, or bistros, just pubs.

  • Alan McKee will be appearing in Lally The Scut at The Mac Theatre, April 14 - May 2.

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