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Gerry Ryan's son Rex has high hopes for one-man show in Edinburgh

Laura Larkin

Published 14/07/2015 | 07:31

Rex Ryan
Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan has been making waves on the Dublin theatre scene and is now hoping for a major break during the world's biggest theatre festival.

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His one-man show, Pilgrim, written by Philip Doherty, is heading for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month.

"All I have to do is turn up and not be sh**e," he joked.

The play was well-received here, and performing in Scotland could help the son of late broadcaster Gerry Ryan make his name abroad.

Rex Ryan in Pilgrim
Rex Ryan in Pilgrim

"The original version was 90 minutes and it was very physical," he said. "I lost weight during the original run.

"I'm more looking forward to the festival than I am filled with dread that we'll be heckled.

"Edinburgh's also a giant party, so that will be fun."

Rex is know as a stage actor, but the 25-year-old has not ruled out a per- manent move into film or TV.

Rex Ryan
Rex Ryan

Monged, in which he appeared alongside Love/Hate's John Connors, has just premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh.

"It's a vastly different experience to theatre, but I enjoyed it - John is a chilled out guy," he said.

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