Thursday 23 October 2014

Actors flock to 'Borstal Boy' casting call 50 years after Behan's death

Published 19/06/2014 | 02:30

Terry O'Neill, 26, Graham Earley, 25, Richard O'Connor, 24, James Murphy, 27, Colm O'Halloran, 20, Brett McCoy Darcy, 22, Keith Murphy, 23, and Sean Carey, 23, listen to director Conall Morrison at auditions for Borstal Boy which returns to the Gaiety Theatre on September the 11th

A Wicklow Gaol tour guide, a cruise ship dancer and a former 'Love/ Hate' star were among the dozens of hopefuls who rushed to the Gaiety Theatre yesterday to audition for 'Borstal Boy'.

Inspired by author Brendan Behan's time behind bars, the iconic play will open on September 11.

James Murphy, a tour guide and actor at Wicklow Gaol hoped his time spent inside the walls of the prison would serve him well.

"I'd like to think it'll give me a bit of insight," Murphy told the Irish Independent.

"My boss met Behan a good few times so I've been listening to plenty of stories about the man himself."

'Love/Hate' star Peter Coonan will play the part of Behan in the new staging and former cast mate Terry O'Neill – who played Aidan in series three – said it would be a joy to reunite with Coonan.

"It would be amazing," he told the Irish Independent. "I'm also a huge fan of this play. It's got great energy."

Sean Carey (23), a dancer on a cruise ship, made the most of his time on dry land – heading to the casting call.

"I have eight days off before I'm back onboard so am taking full advantage. People think dancers can't act so I want to prove them wrong."

The production is the first staging of 'Borstal Boy' on the Gaiety Stage in 25 years.

"It's a play I have wanted to stage for some time," producer Caroline Downey said. "And with it being the 50th anniversary of Behan's death it feels the right time."

Irish Independent

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