My Weekend: Kate O’Driscoll

Kate O'Driscoll
Kate O'Driscoll
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Kate O’Driscoll is 42 and lives in Southsea.

She’s artistic director at the Making Waves Film Festival at the Kings Theatre in Southsea which begins next Friday.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

Last year, to a beautiful town in Italy, called Todi. For a small place, it’s packed with art galleries and music venues. It’s perched on a hill in the middle of Umbria, surrounded by stunning countryside. In the spring, the fields are filled with sunflowers. We visited during the annual tango festival.

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to?

Billy Bragg at the Dome in Brighton. I have always been a huge fan. His mix of folk/rock music and political activism really struck a chord when I was a teenager.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

The Weir by Irish playwright Conor McPherson. My dad’s from Kilkenny in Ireland so I loved the rural Irish setting, the humour, and the way the characters all sit around telling each other old ghost stories.

The last book you read?

Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford, an epic tale written by one of our most overlooked writers. It’s essentially a love story set in the years before, during and immediately after the First World War. He mixes up the chronology a lot , so half the time I didn’t know what was going on , but it didn’t matter because it was still brilliant.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

Ben Affleck’s Argo. An extraordinary story about a CIA secret operation to extract six American diplomats out of revolutionary Iran in 1980. They created a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran to smuggle the Americans out.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I discovered pilates after my son was born, as a way to get back in to shape, and I have never looked back. It is the most relaxing exercise I have ever done and my teacher, Amy at Everybody Pilates, is incredible.

What do you watch on TV?

I recently watched the BBCs The Fall, a disturbing and unnerving crime thriller. But Mad Men is the best TV series ever made.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

Steven Spielberg. His first film Duel, is a masterpiece. Along with most of the rest. How can someone be that good right from the start? That’s the first question I would ask him!

Where do you shop?

I love the secondhand book shops along Albert Road. The Cat Rescue shop always has a great selection.

Where do you eat out?

Indian food is my favourite, so any of the curry houses on Albert Road - we’re spoilt for choice.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

The Wedgewood Rooms is a fantastic venue to listen to music.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

I love cycling along the seafront to Gunwharf with my son.