Monday 19 February 2018

Now Ross gets caught between Foxrock and a hard place

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Reporter

'Après Match' star Gary Cooke was in the lounge of the Westbury Hotel in Dublin with a stocking over his head yesterday.

However, the Eamon Dunphy impersonator wasn't holding up the guests but launching a new play starring rugby-jock cult character Ross O'Carroll-Kelly.

"People are looking at me strangely. They probably think I'm some sort of Conservative MP doing something kinky rather a villain. I don't mind anyway because the tights mean I can't see them all that clearly," joked Cooke as he posed with actor Rory Nolan, who plays Ross O'Carroll-Kelly and fellow cast members, Susan FitzGerald, Laurence Kinlan, Lisa Lambe, Philip O'Sullivan and Aoibhinn McGinnity.

In 'Between Foxrock and a Hard Place', Cooke plays the role of 'the gunman' who holds the O'Carroll-Kelly family to ransom with the intent of pulling a tiger kidnapping.

That's if the southsiders didn't have enough to worry about already because in the new spoof by creator Paul Howard, replicating real life, Ireland has gone bust, nightclub Renards has closed, and their plush home in Foxrock is about to be rezoned as Sandyford East.

"What makes Ross good is that he reflects the time. The first play I did with him was all about the last days of the Celtic Tiger. This is the early days of the recession. You can't help feeling sorry for Ross because so much has changed for him and his family. All the swanky places where they hung out are gone ," Howard said.

The play is at the Olympia from October 15 to November 14.

Irish Independent

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