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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Actor who shoplifted for children is back on stage

Breda Heffernan

Published 24/11/2012|05:00

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AN ACTOR who shoplifted to feed his children is back on the stage.

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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.

Irish Independent

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