Monday 18 December 2017

Risteárd and Steph to help keep Brel alive and kicking in musical showcase

Director Alan Stanford with his actors Risteárd Cooper, McKeon and Rory Nolan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Director Alan Stanford with his actors Risteárd Cooper, McKeon and Rory Nolan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Après Match star Risteárd Cooper joined West End actress Stephanie McKeon on the first day of rehearsals of the Gate Theatre's upcoming musical showcasing the songs of Jacques Brel.

The pair will share the stage with singer Camille O'Sullivan and actor Rory Nolan - who is best known for playing Castlerock native Ross O'Carroll-Kelly - in 'Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris'. The musical revue is filled with songs by Belgian troubadour Brel. The new production will be the first time Cooper has performed at the Gate for several years.

Stephanie McKeon at the first rehearsal of ‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’. Photo: Damien Eagers
Stephanie McKeon at the first rehearsal of ‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’. Photo: Damien Eagers

"I'm looking forward to it, as I will be singing a lot in this show," he said.

"I can't promise I will be dancing, but I will definitely be moving - on and off the stage."

The production is being directed by Alan Stanford.

"Brel's songs are journey through love and war and death - they are very evocative," Mr Stanford said. "It's a funny and sad play."

Irish Independent

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