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‘Of Mice and Men’ opening week sells out – now the tour continues!

By Alan Cohen

One week down of the tour of  ‘Of Mice and Men’ and fingers crossed the success of our sold out run at Theatre Severn Shrewsbury continues for the rest of the tour. This week the company travels to Ireland (I get to travel home!)  for a few dates in Belfast’s Theatre at the Mill, The Waterside Theatre Derry, The Riverside Theatre Coleraine and Annesley Hall   in Newcastle Co. Down.

Hope to see you all there!

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“The Man Who Crossed Hitler” to air this Sunday…

This Sunday (21 August BBC2 @9pm) sees the airing of a new one-off drama I filmed early this year, The Man Who Crossed Hitler, a remarkable factual drama based on a true story, starring Ian Hart,  (Hitler) Ed Stoppard (Hans Litten) and Bill Paterson.

In the summer of 1931, with Germany on the brink of economic collapse, and the city of Berlin turning into a paramilitary war-zone, audacious young prosecutor Hans Litten (Stoppard) chose to summon a star witness to a trial of Nazi thugs.

In spite of the risk to his own safety and against the advice of those who love him, Litten forced rising political star Adolf Hitler (Hart) to make a sensational appearance in the witness stand of Berlin’s central criminal court.

Litten aimed to expose the true character of Hitler and his politics to the German public, to reveal his hypocrisy and his violent ambitions, and in doing so, halt the electoral success of the Nazi Party.

In a humiliating and hostile cross-examination, Hitler was forced to account for his political beliefs, his contempt for the law and his desire to destroy German democracy.

For a brief moment, Hitler’s political future was genuinely in the balance. Hitler survived the ordeal, but it was a close encounter which he never forgave, and for which Litten paid a heavy price.

“2p” has arrived!

“Some people say it’s the small things in life that count, and I believe that.”

Just one of the lines from 2p starring myself and Mary-Frances Doherty. The final cut has been entered into the Virgin Media shorts competition and it doesn’t disappoint.

Will Maloney has done an amazing job with the writing, directing and editing. I hope we get to work together again soon.

I would like to thank Will and Larry from Lamb Films for having me on board, it was a privilege to work on this project with such talented people as cinematographer Denis Maloney and everyone else on the production team.

It was a bit of a step into the unknown for me as this is probably the most lighthearted, fun role I’ve ever taken on – I hope you enjoy it and if you do, tell all your friends and pass it on!

As the phrase goes (well sort of) “View once! View often!”

Click here to view 2p.

“2p”… That’s a Wrap!

Me as Billy in 2p

I’ve been making a habit of getting up early at weekends and the weekend past was no exception – though 5:30am was nearly too early for me! But it was all worth it – I was filming new movie “2p” directed by Will Maloney, produced by Larry Cowan from Lamb Films and shot by experienced Director of Photography Denis Maloney.

With locations at Queen’s University, Clement’s Coffee Shop and finishing with a wrap party at Laverys, it was a flawless shoot with an excellent crew.

Keep an eye out for it in the Virgin Media Shorts competition.

 Check out some stills by Peter Marley .

“2p”… New Movie

This weekend I will be filming the movie, 2p.

It’s an interesting, fun short film and I’m really excited about playing the starring role of ‘Billy’.

Synopsis:
Billy has an odd obsession.
He takes pride in his work as a nightclub PR rep between the hours of nine and five, but Billy’s life’s passion is collecting 2p coins. He takes incredible joy in his small change hobby, learning the value of enjoying the tiny things life has to offer.

The director is Will Maloney and it will be produced by Larry Cowan of Lamb Films. 2p will be entered into the Virgin Media Shorts Competition. (No doubt you will hear more from me shortly, when I’ll be asking for your votes!!!)

I can’t wait to get started!

Chris

Meeting Nadia Tass…

As part of Belfast Film Festival I attended a masterclass with my good friend Peter Mullan, at which I met talented director Nadia Tass Read the rest of this entry

Full Steam Ahead For ‘The Guards’!

It has been a long wait, but it’s not long now until The Guards officially hits TV3!

The new drama series, which sees Chris starring in a leading role alongside Hollyoaks newcomer Emmett Scanlan, promises to be an edgy and fast-paced glimpse into the life of three young guards, showing the grittier and darker side of police life.

Fans of the show (of which there are already quite a number!) can show their support by checking out the programme’s website and Facebook page.

We will keep you updated with all the plans for the programme’s transmission.

Chris prepares to pack a punch with Bruiser

Chris is delighted to have been recently cast in Low Pay? Don’t Pay!, the newest production from Belfast’s Bruiser Theatre Company.

All details for the performances in Belfast and the subsequent tour to Scotland and through the Republic of Ireland can be found on the company’s website.

This will be Chris’s first time working with artistic director Lisa May and the rest of the team at Bruiser, but he is very excited to be joining them for this topical Dario Fo comedy.

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“I think I’ll go in for this type of shopping every day. Not just because I didn’t pay for it, but because, all of a sudden, we were all in it together, men and women, and it felt right. We stood up to them!”

An uproarious brand new 2010 version, by Dario Fo himself, of his frenetic 1974 farce, “Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay.”

Bruiser is delighted to be presenting the Northern Ireland, Republic Of Ireland and Scotland Premiere of this new version.

Housewives, Antonia and Margherita, fed up with high prices in the supermarket, take matters into their own hands and start shoplifting. Keen to keep their light-fingered antics from their husbands, Giovanni and Luigi – not to mention the police – the women are forced to resort to more and more inventive hiding places and more and more elaborate cover stories, in this new version of the legendary comedy.

Rehearsals start for ‘Not A Game For Boys’

Chris has just started rehearsals for Simon Block’s Not A Game For Boys, in which he is starring. The play will be staged as part of Feile an Phobail 2010.

Directed by Patsy Hughes, the comedy also stars James Doran and Stephen Kelly.

It’s 1995… Three taxi men, a gun and a table tennis game.

Eric, Oscar and Tony are taxi drivers. They escape for one evening each week to play table tennis as a team in a local amateur league. Eric would rather die than be relegated to division two. Oscar has just attended a funeral and fears his unmarried, lonely life mirrors that of his deceased colleague. Tony‘s casual affair in the back of his taxi is threatening to destroy not only his relationship, but his friendships… and the future of the team.

Not A Game For Boys is a laugh-out-loud comedy: a tale of competitive obsessions, played out in a small hall on a back street of Belfast. Though the characters play with bats and balls, the main game takes place anywhere but the table…

Chris previously starred in PS, Your Cat Is Dead as part of Feile 2008. While that particular role involved some nudity ‘in the name of art’, Chris has promised that this year he’ll be keeping his clothes firmly on!

Not A Game For Boys runs from 2 – 5 August 2010 at 7:30pm in The Emerald Roadhouse, (The Old Devenish Complex), 33-37 Finaghy Road North, Belfast.

Tickets are £7 and available from Feile an Phobail, www.feilebelfast.com, An Chulturlann, Belfast Welcome Centre and Siopa Na Healainne (Art Shop, 51 Falls R0ad.) Alternatively, you can buy them here.

See you there!


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