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Amy catches brother's play before she goes to Oz

AMY Huberman enjoyed a last night out on the town before she heads Down Under to cheer on husband Brian O'Driscoll and the rest of the Lions team.

The actress stepped out to support her brother Mark as he performed in the Gate Theatre.

New mum Amy (34) attended Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy Of The People with her parents Harold and Sandra, and couldn't wait to see Mark take to the stage.

"I'm really excited to see Mark on stage. He's hasn't done any theatre work in a while so it'll be great to see him up there," she told the Herald as she arrived.

And she joked: "I'm a little worried I might heckle him when he comes out of the wings."

Gay Byrne's wife Kathleen Watkins, former Clinic actress Dawn Bradfield and actor Mark O'Regan were also at the theatre.

Newshound

And director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan predicts the show will be a summer hit.

"I think this play will be a hit because every preview has a standing ovation. Every single one. I'm excited about it. It'll be great," he told the Herald.

The show runs until July 6 and has a knockout cast including Fiona Bell, Bosco Hogan, Ronan Leahy and Barry McGovern.

Mark plays the part of Billing – a rookie newshound.

The 36-year-old actor has spent the last few years working in film and TV; he starred in critically acclaimed TV show Band Of Brothers, has a role in Lenny Abrahamson's comedy Frank and shares the screen with young Missy Keating in The Sea.

Dream

But Mark says taking to the Gate stage is a dream come true. "Performing at the Gate is something you dream of as a child," he said. "I've done a lot of camera work in recent years, so everybody else in the play with me is a more experienced 'thesp' so to speak.

"So it was a tad nerve-wracking. It wasn't easy to stroll into; the play itself is tricky, but I've really enjoyed it."

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