Interview: Rachel Partington

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(Original post at The Boar)

I’ll admit it- I’m scared of interviewing Rachel Partington.

A student at Bristol Old Vic theatre school, Partington has written a play about the experiences of an Eritrean refugee she met in the infamous ‘Calais Jungle’. In Still Here, soon to be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, she’s recreated their conversation in the migrant encampment and assumed her role as questioner onstage once more. Imagine my trepidation at this intimidating prospect. How do you interview an interviewer?

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Things that my latent Catholicism has ruined for me

  • Red wine
  • Organ music
  • Sexual pleasure
  • Fondue
  • Non-theological interpretations of the first season of Daredevil
  • Italian culture
  • The colour gold
  • Gothic architecture
  • Nuns
  • 80% of Hozier lyrics
  • Paul Bettany

(N.B. I am not a practising Catholic, but as any Catholic knows, this doesn’t matter. If you’re Catholic you STAY THAT WAY, until you DIE like a FILTHY SINNER. Guilt consumes your every waking moment. I have never once felt pleasure without secretly wanting to sit in a dark room and chant myself into forgiveness. I’m off to do my Hail Marys now.)