Actor, theatre performer and student Phoebe Dipple stars as Wendy in this year’s Opera House Panto, Peter Pan, which continues until January 19. Here she talks about family, studies and her career to-date.
Tell us about yourself;
My name is Phoebe Dipple (no, it’s not a stage name). I have just turned 21 and I am a student at Cork School of Music where I am studying for my BA in Popular Music (Vocals).
As well as being a student, I am also a vocalist, actor and musical theatre performer — and I’ve been very lucky to have performed in many gorgeous venues such as Cork Opera House, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, 3Arena, Theatre Royal Brighton, Albany Palace Theatre and Symphony Space, Broadway NYC.
My love of performing was born when I joined Dungarvan Junior Musical Society under the direction of David Hennessey when I was 11 and I haven’t looked back since! I owe so much to my years in the Stage School, it gave me the confidence to pursue what I love as a career, as well as giving me many of my dearest friends for life.
I am delighted to be returning to Cork Opera House this Christmas, playing the role of Wendy in this year’s Pantomime Peter Pan. I was involved in Cork Opera House panto, two years ago, playing Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and I am ecstatic to be back this Christmas!
Where were you born?
I was born in Dublin, and lived there for about a year (not that I remember any of it!) before my family moved down to the gorgeous town, Dungarvan, in Waterford which is where I grew up!
Where do you live?
I’m currently living in Cork city, on Barrack Street with my best friend, Shauna. It’s so close to the city centre, and we have the cosiest little apartment!
I’m the middle child of three girls. Both of my sisters are such an inspiration to me — my older sister Zoe has just graduated with her Masters in Law from The University of Birmingham, after her BA in Trinity, and is living her best life in Bristol. And my younger sister, Belle, is an incredible artist and environmental activist — and currently studying for her Leaving Cert — poor gal! I have the two most supportive parents in the entire world, Geoff and Therese, who have always allowed us to be anything we want to be.
I could never choose just one! My childhood friends, Shauna, Pippi, Cal and Sinéad are certainly some of the most important people in my life, as well as my boyfriend Tomás. And of course the girls in college!
Earliest childhood memory?
I remember distinctly losing my bottle when I was about 2 for what felt like an eternity (probably 3 or 4 days), and then finding it underneath the sofa. I’ve never felt joy like it.
Person you most admire?
There are many, but my biggest inspiration at the moment is vocal coach, Gemma Sugrue. I was lucky enough to have her as a vocal coach last year in CSM and I learnt so much from her. She is such an amazing businesswoman and is involved in so many unreal projects all the time. Such an inspiration!
Person who most irritates you?
There is no-one in particular who irritates me, but in general, people who tend to be insensitive and inconsiderate really get on my nerves!
Where was your most memorable holiday?
Definitely my most recent holiday! This August I travelled around Greece with my best friend Shauna, we got to see so many sights, even did a bit of island-hopping!
Favourite TV programme?
I’m in such a Sex And The City phase right now — I could (and have) watch it all day. I take most of my fashion inspiration from Carrie Bradshaw.
Favourite radio show?
I don’t really listen to the radio but I’m obsessed with Podcasts. My absolute favourite at the moment is a podcast called ‘ItGalz’ by two hilarious women from Dublin. I’ve also a weak spot for true crime podcasts — the most gripping I’ve ever listened to is ‘Dr Death’.
Your signature dish if cooking?
The Happy Pear’s Chickpea Curry. Divine!
Dashi Sushi Bar on Oliver Plunkett Street.
Last book you read?
The original book of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. I always like to do as much background research as possible when preparing for a show, and having such a beautifully written book to read helped me find many elements of magic in the character of Wendy to bring to life in the show.
Best book you read?
I’m such a sop but my favourite book is Ps. I Love You.
Last album/CD/download you bought?
Matters of the Heart by Ruthanne. She is such an incredible Irish artist who I look up to so much.
This is such an easy question — God Is a Woman by Ariana Grande. I have genuinely listened to it every single day since it came out about a year and a half ago. I’m obsessed.
One person you would like to see in concert?
I was lucky enough to see Ariana in the 3Arena recently, which was insane. But other than that, I would love to see Lisa Hannigan live. Her album Sea Sew was basically the soundtrack to my childhood as our parents played it so much!
Do you have a pet?
Yes, at home we have a lovely cat called Lisa. She’s extra cute because she only has three legs.
Morning person or night owl?
Definitely a morning person! I find it very hard to be a properly functioning human after about 11pm.
Your proudest moment?
To date, probably hearing the news that I’d been cast as Wendy in the pantomime this year.
I am so, so honoured to be returning to the Opera House, and being asked back by the creative team really made me feel as though I did my job well when I played Snow White two years ago here.
Spendthrift or saver?
This is a funny one. I like to think I’m a saver because I buy most of my clothes in second hand shops, but I also have the biggest wardrobe of anyone I know. So probably somewhere in between!
What makes you happy?
The thing that makes me happiest in the world is laughing with my friends and family.
How would you like to be remembered?
Hopefully as someone positive, hard-working, caring and friendly. All the things I try to implement into my daily life!
What else are you up to at the moment?
Along with studying in Cork School of Music, I am currently starting to experiment with writing my own music with hopes of releasing some next year.
I also teach one to one vocal lessons, and am preparing to host my second Singing Summer Camp after the success of my first ‘Summer Sings’ this July.
All whilst keeping an eye out for any auditions going and attending as many as I can!