IT pays to star opposite Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe – literally.
With a four-month stint coming up on Broadway, Pat Shortt (inset) is financially able to take time off to pursue passion projects.
The comedian is preparing to reprise his role in critically acclaimed play The Cripple of Inishmaan, opposite Radcliffe in New York.
After a hit run in London's West End last year, the 47-year-old told the Herald that he can't wait to set up camp in the Big Apple until the summer – and is hoping it will lead to more work stateside.
The show, written by Martin McDonagh, will open on April 20 in Broadway's Cort Theatre and is scheduled to run until mid July.
"It does relieve the financial pressure, knowing I'm on stage and working for four months over there," Shortt said. "I'm lucky and I can now take a few months off to write some of my own work.
"It's been great to have these blocks of work, it definitely allows me to focus on passion projects; so I'm planning to take two months off after the run to produce a show for December."
Funnyman Shortt is due to begin rehearsals on March 29, and told this newspaper he's looking forward to reuniting with Radcliffe and fellow co-star, actress Sarah Greene.
"It's rare in this industry that you could be back working with the same people again, so it's great that all cast are reprising their roles, it'll be like family getting back together," he said.
"We all got on well. Dan is such a good guy and a hugely respected performer.
"And bringing a hit show from West End to Broadway with one of the biggest stars in the world really boosts the confidence."
Shortt previously toured the US with D'Unbelievables comrade Jon Kenny, but said it will be a completely difference experience now that he's in his 40s.
The Limerick-based actor is also hoping that American theatre goers understand his accent.