CHRISTOPHER Simpson: remember the name because you are going to be hearing a lot more about this young actor in the future.
Born in Ireland to a Rwandan mother and Irish father, Christopher takes the lead in the Abbey's forthcoming play 'The Bacchue of Baghdad', written and directed by Conall Morrison.
It is the actor's debut treading the boards in the Abbey. Rehearsals started this week and the performance will open on the March 4 and run until April 15. Christopher left Dublin at the age of seven and grew up in London. He studied drama and English in the University of Hull and appeared in the televised adaptation of Zadie Smith's novel 'White Teeth'.
"I love the Dublin theatre scene - it's buzzing," said Christopher as he went to congratulate London actress Madeline Appiah on her performance in 'I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda' at Liberty Hall.
Singer/songwriter Luka Bloom (brother of Christy Moore), dramatist/director Conor McPherson and director Conall Morrison also attended.