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Miriam O’Callaghan runs close to caricature of herself

Review: By the end of a compelling interview, O’Callaghan positively embraces her self-parodying side

15.9.2019

Miriam O’Callaghan’s interview with Stephen Rea is compelling, and not just because it’s a roll call of the tics that have made her such a favourite with comic impressionists

Review: By the end of a compelling interview, O’Callaghan positively embraces her self-parodying side

As for Brexit, it’s telling that Rea lets out an anguished howl

But all this is underestimated O’Callaghan’s tactics, for her approach yields an enjoyable and absorbing interview. She disarms Rea’s lugubriously diffident public persona, and instead teases out the reflective artist with an impish sense of humour. Rea is alive to what’s happening, noting with mock-alarm that his host has “a way” of getting him to talk about personal subjects.

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