We welcomed Northern Irish actress Laura Donnelly, who is currently starring as Caitlin Carney in the West End hit The Ferryman, for an enthralling question and answer session about her career in film and on stage. Chaired by Tom Attenborough, who directed Donnelly in The Wasp, she answered questions about everything from the tiring daily schedule of an actor, to the ‘need, not a choice’ to become an actor, to the political relevance of Irish history today. Her talk was made particularly poignant by the parallels between her own family history and the plot of The Ferryman: her character’s husband is one of ‘The Disappeared’ during the Troubles, a plot point inspired by the disappearance of her own uncle. Donnelly spoke about how the cast (who were all Irish) had had similar experiences and memories of growing up during this politically fraught time, evident in their powerful and truthful performances. Donnelly offered an insightful and valuable look into what may seem the foreign and magical world of acting.