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Next up: I will be featuring in the short films Dark & Stormy and Belfast Caliber 9.

17 Jul 2016

Episode 11 - A Song For Europe

Composer and musician Marty Devine serenades us through Craggy Island's melodious tribute to Eurovision. Ted and Dougal go through some creative differences, but emerge with the classic My Lovely Horse (well, the lyrics at least). Jack's drinks cabinet has got a very expensive new addition and Mrs Doyle's brutally honest critiques would do well on the Judges panel of X Factor.
James McAnespy and Marty Devine recording Ecumenical Matters The Father Ted Podcast
We speak about the lasting impact of having a gay couple on TV not doing anything gay, try to translate Fred Rickwood's gibberish, contemplate World War 4: Celebrity Superfans and LSD Communion.

Dick Byrne is at his conniving best, and we pay tribute to Caroline Ahearne, who had died earlier on the day we were recording. Marty takes us through some of his songwriting process (Don't play the f**king first note - the f**king first note is already f**king down!)



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10 Jul 2016

Ecumenical Matters: Episode 10 - The Old Grey Whistle Theft



Donny Kingston, up and coming stand up on Belfast's comedy circuit, helps unravel the mystery of the stolen whistle and stave off complete societal breakdown on Craggy Island. It's just a whistle! 

Dougal's finds a cool new friend in Father Damo (played by Joe Rooney), and gets to show off his football tekkers. Ted tries to relax on a picnic site, but unfortunately he runs in to a couple of fupping baxters. Mrs Doyle is on night duty and Jack displays his ninja skills with a couple of bottles of Jacob's Creek Chardonnay 1991.

There's another score in our Meet Your Maker feature, so who is that shows up, Graham or Arthur? Larry Duff actually answers his phone! It's not good news though. The Blur/Oasis rivalry gets a sermon (remember Feile 95? What a line up!), as does Street Fighter 2; bad piercings and Belfast's murals and checkpoints.



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3 Jul 2016

Ecumenical Matters - The Father Ted Podcast

Father Ted is one of the most iconic shows in Irish TV history, or as James McAnespy put it while hosting the latest episode of Ecumenical Matters - The Father Ted Podcast, it is now an artefact of Irish culture.

In the weekly podcast, released every Sunday (just in time for Mass), James gathers a new guest or two from Northern Ireland's rich arts scene to do a full run down of each episode of the legendary show. Previous guests have been poet Colin Hassard (find his work here), games streamer Vincent Kettle (@flimosh on Beam.pro), vlogger Derm McGuigan (Youtube channel), improv artist Marcus Keeley (@MarcusKeeley) and many more.

There are nine episodes available, with more to follow each week, so check out the full set on SoundCloud, or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, aCast, PodcastAddict or your favourite podcast platform.





In Episode 9 - Tentacles of Doom, London Comedy Writers members Olly Allsop (Soundcloud and Jordan Birch (@JordanBirch  attend the upgrading of the Holy Stone of Clonrickert to a Class 2 Relic. Hosting three bishops on the island is going to be the highlight of Mrs Doyle's career, but unfortunately she's lost her contact lenses. Dougal philosophises on the nature of Heaven and Hell and all that, while Ted has to bring Jack through a few elocution lessons ("Th-th-th-that...").
We also share our own Gary Lineker Ghost Stories, the mechanics of Buckaroo (The Sport of Kings), and Dougal's Bjork obsession. It's a Priest thing, you wouldn't understand.

13 Feb 2015

Half way through the run of Romancing the Score

We're approaching the half way point of the run of Romancing the Score, Shane White's play about a 5-a-side pub team in Belfast, playing at the Pentameters Theatre.

The cast of eight includes myself as the player-manager, Brian Fitzpatrick; Victoria Armstrong as an intrepid young journalist; James Antony as 'under-cover agent' Grish; Jon Adams as striker Frankie; Mark Moore as undertaker Six Feet; Damien Regan as sullen barman Jim; Paulina Ferry as Miriam and Maura Judges as Bessie.

Directed by John Dunne, the action takes place in a contemporary Belfast "pub of misfits" as they doggedly seek out their first win in the local five-a-side league.

It runs in Pentameters Theatre (28 Heath Street, London NW3 6TE (Hampstead tube)) Tuesday to Sundays until February 22 2015. Tickets can be purchased online for £10 at http://www.irish-theatre.com/ or £13 on the door.


7 Jan 2015

CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT: Cast in London Irish Theatre's next production, Romancing The Score

I am delighted to announce that I have been cast in the next production of the burgeoning London Irish Theatre Company, Romancing the Score, written by Shane White, directed by John Dunne and produced by Leonie Scott-Matthews.

The comedy, set in present day Belfast, centres around a pub football team and their disastrous attempts to compete with teams from the snazzy gastropubs. I play the team player/manager Brian who is steadfastly holding onto the traditions of the old boozers in the face of the trendy bars with their pulled pork and Thai menus.

I am joined in the cast by Victoria Armstrong, Maura Judges, Paulina Ferry, Jon Adams, Mark Moore and Tom Shah. It runs Tuesday-Sundays from 3-27 February 2015, at the Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead. Tickets are priced at £13/£10, with a special £10 online price that can be purchased here.

Romancing The Score introduces the world of Five-A-Side football and its intense rivalry. At odds with the recent and on-going emergence of modern bars, one of the remaining traditional pubs, Lavery's, steadfastly resists modernisation. Their pub team attempts to deflate the egos of the new bars by a defiant display on the football pitch. Unfortunately Bridie's team is made up of less-than-able players who traditionally suffer humiliating defeats. Tradition is all-important to this pub! However, is this love of all things traditional merely a mask disguising a fear of the future, a fear of change?
A city rising from the ashes, dispensing with old rivalries and tired, worn out traditions, consigning them to the quagmire that is the past. But, hey, ho, it takes upon itself new ones. Where better to start than down the pub and where better to be down the pub than in Belfast. And not just any old pub, one particular old pub, Bridie's. Romancing The Score goes to the true heart of the game of football, of life, of lost hope, of unrequited love...of loneliness.


Pentameters Theatre, 28 Heath Street, London NW3 6TE (Hampstead tube)
3-22 Feb ‘15 @ 8pm (5pm Sundays) 
@ £13/£10 (SPECIAL PAYPAL BOOKING @ £10)