Saturday 25 November 2017

Moving to the same beat

It took Jason Byrne and Ella Clarke a decade to get together, they haven't looked back since, writes Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

'We've covered a lot of ground in a short space of time and it has been rocky and bumpy at times," says dancer and choreographer Ella Clarke, discussing how she and her theatre director partner Jason Byrne met and decided to start a family within nine months. "I'm very happy with where we are though, and life is very good."

Ella and Jason first met on a production of Tarry Flynn at the Abbey Theatre in 1997.

He was assistant director, while she played a heifer. Her initial impression was that he was very serious and intense, and there was no chance of anything developing between them anyway, as they were both in other relationships. Jason subsequently got married and has a six-year-old son, Charlie.

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