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I'm nervous ahead of show's opening night, admits Domhnall

Star Wars actor Domhnall Gleeson has described sharing the stage with his father Brendan and brother Brian as a "halfway house between horror and hilarity".

All three actors are set to star in Enda Walsh's The Walworth Farce, a quick-fire comedy complete with slapstick violence and camp cross-dressing sequences.

"The rehearsal process has been like a halfway house between horror and hilarity," Domhnall told the Herald.

"It's been strange and fun wearing a dress.

BRUTAL

"Rehearsing has been brutal because it's been so technical, but I mean that in a good way."

The play will run at Dublin's Olympia Theatre until February 8 and marks Domhnall's first time on the stage in four years.

"It has been a while and I am nervous," he said, "but it'll be different when the audience is in."

Once the play finishes its four-week run, Domhnall will return to Canada to finish filming the big screen adaptation of Colm Toibin's book, Brooklyn.

But at the moment all his attention is focused on treading the boards.

"It's really exciting," he said. "I love this play and this theatre."

The Walworth Farce tells the story of Dinny (Brendan Gleeson), a proud Corkman who emigrated to London 20 years previously with his two sons, Blake (Domhnall) and Sean (Brian).

Every day, Dinny forces his two sons to re-enact a farcical play.

Brendan Gleeson previously performed on the Olympia stage in the 1980s with theatre company Passion Machine and has fond memories of the historic building.

"I've missed the atmosphere and the wall of sound that comes back at you from the audience," he said.

"It's hard to get people up and out to shows, but The Walworth Farce has masses of energy and will attract a crowd who don't always come to the theatre, which is great."

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