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Veteran Hinds first in line to see pal Pete

IT must be the toughest experience for an actor when one of their own comes to watch a performance.

And that was what Peter Coonan found last night when Game of Thrones star Ciaran Hinds arrived at the Gaiety last night to Borstal Boy.

Coonan stars as the young Brendan Behan and at the opening night, there was a packed house.

"I'm coming down to watch how you're supposed to do it," Hinds laughed.

The esteemed actor is enjoying a break at home from filming the fantasy show.

"Every now and then they take pity on me in Dublin and give me a job," he joked. Next week his own play Our Few and Evil Days will open in the Abbey Theatre.


Borstal Boy is based on Brendan Behan's autobiography detailing his life from the moment he was captured as a 16-year-old in Liverpool with a suitcase full of explosives. It follows the playwright's life in prison.

The new production of the play is set to mark the 50th anniversary of Brendan Behan's death. Coonan plays the young Behan as he is sent to the boy's prison in Liverpool, while Gary Lydon plays the writer in his later years.

Blaithnaid Treacy, director Jim Sheridan and Tom Vaughan Lawlor were among a host of well-known faces who turned out to see the play.

Presenter Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh enjoyed a rare girls night out with her mum but was "anxious" about the play which she loves.