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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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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!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and best wishes to everyone who supports the work of Chris Patrick-Simpson!

2010 proved to be a busy but successful year, with Chris performing in c21’s production of Simon Block’s ‘Not A Game For Boys’, swiftly followed by Dario Fo’s ‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay’ with Bruiser Theatre Company. Chris’ voice-over work also came to the screen via UTV’s ‘Fabulous Food Adventure’.

2011 is set to be equally busy with the long-awaited screening of ‘The Guards’, featuring Chris in a leading role alongside Steven Aldridge and Hollyoaks actor Emmett Scanlan. Keep your eyes glued to TV3 for the big arrival!

Discussions also continue for a new feature film – we can’t say too much about it just yet, but of course all news will appear here first for you all!

Final performances of ‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay!’

This is your last chance to catch Dario Fo’s Low Pay? Don’t Pay!, by Bruiser Productions. The show tours to Lisburn’s Island Arts Centre (tel 02892 509254) tonight (Friday 22 October) before finishing up tomorrow night (Saturday 23 October) in Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda (tel 00353 419875140).

Chris will be taking a short break after the tour so take this opportunity to see him on stage now! Additional information can be found on Bruiser’s website.

‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay!’ – the tour continues…

Bruiser Theatre’s ‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay!’ continues to delight audiences. After performances in the Belfast Waterfront, Wigtown Book Festival (Dumfries), Derry, Coleraine, Armagh and Enniskillen, this week the production will visit venues in Cork, Newbridge, Strabane, Omagh and Newcastle. Full details can be found on Bruiser’s website.

It certainly has been a hectic but enjoyable experience for Chris. He has thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and crew at Bruiser, and to say he’s a ‘shadow of his former self’ is no understatement, as anyone who has seen him lately will attest!

Reviews have been posted on Culture Northern Ireland and the Irish Theatre Magazine. If you haven’t had the chance to catch the show yet, there’s still time – but don’t hesitate: book your tickets today!

Final rehearsals for ‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay!’

Bruiser Theatre Company are currently in their last day’s rehearsal before ‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay!’ opens in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall tomorrow night (Friday 24 September.)

I am told that a limited number of tickets are still available for the shows between Friday and Sunday, but you’d better be quick to snap them up! Buy through the Waterfront’s website, or check out the rest of the tour on Bruiser’s website – the show, and Chris, will be coming to a theatre near you!

Production shots from ‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay!’

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Here’s something to whet your appetite for the opening of Bruiser’s ‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay’ next week – some production and rehearsal shots. I’m sure you’ll agree that they look fantastic and that the audience will be in for a treat!

It all kicks off in the Belfast Waterfront on 24 September, and you can buy tickets from their website. If you can’t make it to the Waterfront, check out the rest of the tour dates on Bruiser’s website.

You can also read an article with Bruiser’s Artistic Director, Lisa May, talking about the production, the rehearsals and all the preparation on Culture Northern Ireland.

Rehearsals begin for ‘Low Pay? No Pay!’

Chris has just started rehearsals for his first job with Belfast’s Bruiser Theatre Company, ‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay!’ This will be the Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Scotland Premiere of the Dario Fo play.

Directed by Lisa May, the cast includes Richard Doubleday, Emma Little, Rachel Murray and Andrew Thompson. Opening at the Belfast Waterfront on 24 September, the show will tour throughout Ireland and take a trip to Scotland for Bruiser’s second visit to the Wigtown Book Festival and the Swallow Theatre.

More information can be found on the company’s website.

Chris to take part in new reading

Tomorrow (Friday 13 August) Chris will take part in a reading of Two Dead Guys, a new play by comedian Owen O’Neill, organised by Belfast’s Ransom Productions.

Chris will be reading alongside actor Richard Dormer. Kick off is at 6:30pm in the Community Arts Forum, Writers’ Square, Belfast (opposite St Anne’s Cathedral). Admission is £2 only.

Come along and hear an exciting new piece of writing.

‘Not A Game For Boys’ action shots

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Not A Game For Boys is creating quite a stir at Feile an Phobail and audiences are lapping it up! If you haven’t already been, there’s only 2 nights left in the run – take a look at the production shots for a taster!

The show runs in the Emerald Roadhouse, Finaghy Road North, tonight and tomorrow night only (Wednesday and Thursday.) Kick off is at 7:30pm but get yourself down early to grab a comfy seat and a cold beverage beforehand!