Lisa Dwan: 'Narratives of nasty women spread with few facts attached'

Lisa Dwan: 'Narratives of nasty women spread with few facts attached'
The Irish actor on reimagining Antigone, what she learned from Billie Whitelaw, and starring in Jed Mercurio’s new crime drama

Lisa Dwan, 43, is an Irish actor particularly celebrated for her performances of Samuel Beckett’s work. She is shortly to appear in two BBC shows: as Ismene in Pale Sister, a retelling of Sophocles’s Antigone by Colm Tóibín, and as Tori Matthews, a trauma consultant, in the exhilarating new Jed Mercurio thriller series Bloodlands. This summer, she also stars in a 60th anniversary production of Beckett’s Happy Days, directed by Trevor Nunn.

How did Pale Sister come about?

The essence of why we’re talking today is Samuel Beckett. Being introduced to his landscape in my 20s was extraordinary – it transformed me. Beckett once said there was no need for a story, that life alone is enough. His characters aren’t characters per se – they’re like creatures,
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