Treading the boards in “Of Mice and Men” with Stageworks Theatre

Of Mice and MenSo far 2011 has been a busy year, film-wise, for me. After having just finished up on Coast, I’m delighted to be heading back on to the stage, to take on the role of ‘Curley’ in Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck’s classic, Of Mice and Men. The run, which includes a UK tour, is being directed by the experienced former National Theatre director Alan Cohen.

Of Mice and Men is a novella, first published in 1937. Set against the harsh background of the Great Depression, it tells the story of George and Lennie, two friends with the dream of owning a farm and living off the fat of the land. Lennie, however,  is a gentle giant who doesn’t realise his own strength and George feels the burden of looking after him. The pair soon discover the flip-side of their American Dream when a tragic turn of events, centred around Curley and his wife, threatens to destroy George and Lennie’s friendship, leaving George with an impossible choice…

Steinbeck’s hugely popular and compelling story has been performed on the stage a number of times and I am delighted to be taking on a role in this production. The tour includes dates in Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, Buxton Opera House, The Harlow Playhouse and the Forum Studio Theatre, Chester.

The production will also travel to Northern Ireland, with dates in the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Riverside Theatre, Coleraine, Waterside Theatre, Derry, Down Arts Centre and Ardhowen Theatre. Please check local listings for further details.

PS. If that wasn’t enough I’ll be popping back to Northern Ireland to film a role in Good Vibrations, the story of Terri Hooley, the ‘Godfather of Belfast’s punk scene’. There’s no rest for the wicked!

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About Chris Patrick-Simpson

Chris is an Irish actor who is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1247379/?mode=desktop&ref_=m_ft_dskr He has collaborated with the best directors in film, television and theatre in projects such as the award-winning The Magdalene Sisters (Momentum), The Boxer (Universal), Fifty Dead Men Walking (Brightlight Pictures), Good Vibrations (Revolver Films), Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie (BBC Films), 71 (Warp Films), Shooting For Socrates (New Black Films), and High-Rise (Recorded Picture Company). On TV, Chris has played leads in The Guards (TV3) The Man Who Crossed Hitler (Hardy Pictures for BBC) The Clinic (RTE) The Family (BBC) Missing (BBC), The Titanic Enquiry (BBC), Ripper Street (BBC), Galavant (ABC) and The Fall (BBC). Chris has worked with some of the top theatre companies in the UK and Ireland. Additionally he is proud to have both starred in and co-produced a successful UK/Irish tour of The Wrong Man, which received critical acclaim throughout its run.

Posted on August 29, 2011, in Actor, Belfast, Film, Theatre and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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