21 Apr 2011

Patrick O'Reilly Workshop, Playboy of The Western World, Radio play, Voice-overs!

Wow! A lot of news to report this week.

First I have been spending the first half of this week in workshops with Patrick O'Reilly of Red Lemon, studying Bouffon theatre. Among some great actors (Nadine Gorman, Shannen Smith, Andrew Stanford, Adam Goudy, Rachel Murray, Rosie Clelland, Martin Murray and others) it was an intensive two days, with Patrick intending it to lead to a production in Tinderbox's Pick and Mix Festival.

Meanwhile, rehearsals will start next week for me playing in JM Synge's Playboy of the Western World with the QU Players. Rory Knox is directing and I am playing the role of Michael. It will be interesting to see how my acting has developed since I furst took to the boards with Playboy... in November 2009 with South Bank Players. I can't wait to get stuck in again.

Staying with Queen's students, Leana Arrell, Brian Charity, Phil Hurst and other Creative Writing Masters students have cast me in their upcoming radio play. I play an imprisoned young man who seeks to get back in contact with his father. I have been wanting to perform these guys work for a while having seen them in Accidental's Fast and Loose programs. Hopefully there will be more to follow.

Finally, this morning I am going up to record a demo with Navigator Blue for use in a series of wraparound ads for television. Conor Kelly, who I worked with before has set this up again and it will be great opportunity to work from if the demo is picked up by the client.

So a pretty hectic week in all! More like this please!

10 Apr 2011

The Conversation claims Judges' Award at the Dare2BDrinkAware awards

Last week I went down to Dublin with the crew of The Conversation to attend the Dare2BDrinkAware awards, and we walked away with the Runners Up Prize in the Judges Choice category. This was a great achievement for the team, and thoroughly deserved by the whole team.

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The awards were judged by RTE presenter, John Kelly, 3e presenters Caroline Twohig and Cassie Stokes, John Kennedy from Silicone Republic and director of As If I'm Not There, Jaunita Wilson.

It was a great night for Institute of Technology Tallaght with the team who took first prize and People's Choice for their film, Babes in Bits, also from the college to complete a clean sweep for the department for the film awards.

DrinkAware is an organisation that seeks to raise awareness of alcohol's detrimental effects, especially among the 18-29 age group and this aim was highlighted in all the short-listed productions. All the shortlisted films can be viewed on their website, and this is the final edit of The Conversation.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/21287799]

3 Apr 2011

Tribute to Constable Ronan Kerr

It was with initial shock, denial, disbelief then anger that I greeted the news of the deplorable murder of Ronan Kerr, a young man who I went to school with in the Christian Brothers in Omagh. While I hadn't spoke to him much since I left Omagh, it is with great fondness that I remembered him. He was always friendly and nobody would have ever said a bad word about him.
My thoughts are extended to his family and loved ones for their tragic loss, and to the people of Omagh, who have had so much stolen from them by these so called "freedom fighters".
He will be missed by all. Ronan Kerr RIP.