By Ronan Brady
I am pleased to announce that I am closing this lovely blog tour for the book Worlds Apart with a blurb, and excerpt/extract. Also check out the amazing pics throughout and You Tube vidoes at the bottom that I have to share with you, they really are pretty spectacular of Ronan Brady in action. Thanks to LoveBooksTours for inviting me to show some content for this book.
‘Ronan is emblematic of how Ireland has changed.’ – Panti Bliss
At just under six foot in his socks and weighing in at fourteen stone, Ronan Brady is a solid slab of rarest Roscommon meat. He has a natural tendency to throw himself about – some would say recklessly, others would say enthusiastically – into whatever he sets himself to. Ronan had a ‘normal’ childhood in Roscommon and knew by the time he was a teenager that when he grew up he wanted to play football for his county and become a teacher. Ronan had achieved his life ambition when he took up ‘Flying’ as a hobby. A hobby that transformed his life and took him to heights he never dreamed of, performing in the smash hit show Riot alongside Panti Bliss, and going on to tour the world. Worlds Apart is an open, humorous account of Ronan’s life journey.
The Great Disappearing Act
Tingling, like you are at the peak of your human capacity, like you could almost break free of the Earth’s gravity and go floating off through the atmosphere … almost. Because beneath it all is a weak-kneed exhaustion. All your energy has been spent in pulling this thing off and, what’s more, you know that this is only the beginning.
You can never replicate the energy of an audience in a rehearsal room. It’s a physical sensation that beams directly from the crowd to you on stage. You feed from it and they in turn react to you, and in that way it grows and grows to almost a fever pitch. You can never anticipate exactly how enthusiastic they have the capacity to become. You don’t even know the areas where they are going to find enjoyment, because, without fail, an engaged audience will always, always, always find stuff entertaining that you had never even considered could be anything other than a procedural element of the show. They laugh or gasp or applaud, and that becomes part of the show. Only when the audience are there can you truly begin to understand what the show is and what it might become. Things are never finished in the rehearsal room. They are not meant to be. They need to get out in front of people in order to grow and evolve and continue.
And what’s more, when you find yourself in front of an eager crowd, you suddenly remember that things are fun. These acts, over which I had dug myself into an ever- deepening hole, were fun. They were comedic and tender and provocative. I didn’t need to be fearful of this audience, because they were into it. They got it in a way I hadn’t up until…
About the Author
Ronan Brady is a physical performer, aerialist and hoop artist who is recognised internationally for his expertise with the Cyr wheel. He is a native of Roscommon, where he was a teacher and played intercounty football, before embarking on his stage career.