AN ACTOR who shoplifted to feed his children is back on the stage.
Joe Purcell (pictured) was convicted of shoplifting and given a suspended three-month prison sentence.
He is now rebuilding his life with a number of roles in new productions.
However, the 57-year-old from Donomore Park, Tallaght, Dublin, said he would still struggle financially as he pursued his love of acting.
The father of three said he was paid €300 for five weeks of rehearsals and a two-week run. "It's not going to make me rich," he laughed.
He hit rock bottom last August when a delay in the child benefit meant the family ran out of money and had no food.
He was brought before the courts after shoplifting €58 worth of groceries.
Joe will appear in 'First of the Day' part of 'Blood Ties', a trilogy of short plays from writer and director Andy Hinds. It runs at the New Theatre in Temple Bar from December 3-15, with tickets from €12.