Monday 18 December 2017

Boomtime again for Howard as Ross set to enjoy more excess

Paul Howard and wife Mary McCarthy.
Paul Howard and wife Mary McCarthy.
Domhnall Gleeson attended the opening night of the play
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

It's been a week of "proofs and premieres" for author Paul Howard. Not only has the Ross O'Carroll Kelly creator finished Raiders of the Lost Dork but his new theatre show Breaking Dad opened with a bang.

"It's all go," Howard said as he arrived at the Gaiety Theatre. "Let's just hope the audience laugh in the right places."

Actor Domhnall Gleeson, who has been cast in the new Star Wars film, was one of the first to arrive.

"Don't ask me anything about light sabres or wookiees – I can't say a thing," he warned. Gleeson did admit, however, that the first read through for the multi-million dollar flick had been "a very special moment".

"There is no point in being in awe but sitting in the room with Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher is something I will never forget," he said.

Father Ted actress Pauline McLynn had taken time out of her EastEnders shooting schedule to fly over for the show. "I've left Albert Square and Dot Cotton behind," she explained. "Then back over for more filming."

Set in 2022, 'Breaking Dad' sees Ireland experience another economic boom; the so-called Celtic Phoenix. "I thought we could do with some excess," Howard said.

Actor Rory Nolan has reprised the role of Ross with Love/Hate star Laurence Kinlan playing the part of his Northside son Ronan.

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