- Claire Sawers
- 8 August 2011
This article is from 2011.
‘Dickhead’ on a mission to achieve zen
This 32-year-old from Camden Market is on a mission ‘to get zenned out, and be more functioning’. With four and a half years of singledom playing on her mind, plus an appalling sense of direction (not good when trying to storm off after an argument, she grimaces), she feels she has a long way to go having only just moved out from her nan’s house. Roisin Conaty’s a pally sort, all chummy and warm with the crowd, with a lot of her set drawing on advice she’s had foisted on her by an invisible backstage cast of her mum, nan and some close female friends.
Cringing at her own ‘dickhead’ tendencies, she tells stories of drool-related shame during a massage and an inability to operate chopsticks (‘Why learn? I can’t even drive – I need to be careful what I use my brainpower for,’ she explains). But despite her likeability, a nervy delivery and an often impenetrable mash-up of ideas don’t do her material any favours. If the yoga relaxation classes she’s taking ever do finally pay off, it would be interesting to see the results of a more zen delivery of her stories.
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