Sunday 22 April 2018

From evil Joffrey to a bear in space: Jack Gleeson to make his acting return

Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

He may be best known for playing one of television's most hated villains, but Irish actor Jack Gleeson's latest role couldn't be more different from Joffrey.

The Game of Thrones star will return to the stage later this month in Bears in Space, a puppetry comedy from the Collapsing Horse theatre company, which will be staged in the Project Arts Theatre in Temple Bar.

The show, which also stars Love/Hate's Aaron Heffernan and Eoin Quinn, centres around two cosmonaut bears in puppet form on a spaceship, who are followed by villains trying to stop them.

Jack said he would leave acting once his Game of Thrones character was killed and says he plans to stick to it.

"I mean I suppose, in a way, I don't really feel like this is formalised acting. I don't really see it as a job, so in a way I feel like I have left acting professionally. This is more fun with friends.

"The only acting I'll probably be doing in the future is with Collapsing Horse," he said.

Rehearsals for the show, alongside the company's other show Human Child, began last week and director Dan Colley said it will feature plenty of grown-up humour. They will be taking their most recent production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later in the year.

"It's really exciting. I think it's the largest arts festival in the world. We want to make a bit of an impression and start to introduce ourselves," Mr Colley said.

Bears in Space will run from July 23 to 25, with tickets costing between €12 to €15. Human Child will run on July 24 and 25, with tickets costing between €8 and €10. Tickets can be book on

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