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Conor Maloney - Greaves

Laughter lines
  Could you tell us who you are playing?

I’m Conor Moloney who’s playing Greaves, who’s kind of the cheeky soldier opposite Jim Norton who’s playing Kenneth. Greaves is his comedy sidekick, we hope, but there haven’t been many laughs yet.

Acting up
  What’s it been like working with your fellow actors?

Oh it’s been great actually; I hadn’t worked with any of these people before. I’ve always really liked Jim Norton; I've seen him in a few plays so it was just great, it was just kind of messing around. It’s like you’re doing radio and they do this animation and put it on top. It’s been really good fun, really good fun.

Sound effects
  What’s been your favourite moment of that recording?

It’s kind of intriguing when you hear the sounds in the background. I thought they’d be putting the sound effects on later. I thought, ‘Is that a mistake?... Oh no, we’re going for it live’. I’ve only done a few scenes so far so, and it’s been fun.

The army game
  How do you think your character should look?

How do I think it should look? I don’t know, I suppose it should look a bit like me. Greaves is a very cheeky fellow who’s in the military – as if – imagine that me in the military: ‘It’s 6 o’clock, up you get!’ - ‘No thanks’. He’s interesting, he’s in the military, he’s good natured and he’s very close to Kennet, and he’s kind of like me I suppose.

Time laughs
  Where would you travel to if you had a TARDIS?

I’m allowed a few trips am I, it’s not just the one? I’d like to go back, meet Jesus, see how big the crowds were, see if he pulled them in, what kind of gags he used. I’m sure for moments like the Sermon on the Mount, there must have been times when he thought, ‘I’ve got to warm them up with a few gags and then hit them with the serious love stuff.' Let’s hope this is not going out in fundamentalist Christian TV in America because they won’t like it.

I’d like to go everywhere, I’d like to go meet Oscar Wilde. As for when I’d go back to, I kind of like this time. I mean you might as well go with what you’re used to, but also I’d like to go back to 40s America, film noir. I know that was a creation, it was fiction, it never existed - no they really walked around in shadows and like that, they just shot around them, that’s how it happened - I know it was fiction, that’s how they made movies, but I’d like to be in one of them.

What would you like to do in that era?

Just hang out with Robert Mitchum and say, ‘God, you’re cool, hope a bit of it rubs off on me – how did you get so cool?’ What would I actually do? I’d probably act or mess around. I’d probably be a clown, or a jester, just around the time when all that persecution’s going on.

Messing around
  Do you think SF works well as an animation?

Yeah, I think it does. This the first science fiction thing I’ve ever done actually – does it show? – I think this kind of radio stroke animation lends itself to that messing around. I would like to do some sound effects, I wouldn’t mind doing a bit of those steps myself and breaking some stuff.

Costume dramas
  Does it frustrate you that there’s less SF in Britain?

Yeah, there’s not much here, which is a pity because I think actually Britain used to do great science fiction despite the fact that it had such small budgets. When I was young and you watched Doctor Who, you would probably see a costume coming apart, but you didn’t mind because it was still intriguing and the stories were always quite good. But there isn’t that range, there’s not even many films made in England, and so this is a triumph.

Tortuous role
  What's been your most unusual role?

The most unusual one I suppose was quite a recent one, in a play called The Lieutenant of Inishmore. I was being hung upside down and tortured for ten minutes and so that was quite unusual. I won’t be doing that again. Maybe for the next one I’ll be under water, tied up, there’d be a Houdini kind of thing going on. Very little dialogue though, obviously.