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“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’.

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!


A Weekend with Elliot Grove from the Raindance Film Festival

At 9.00am on a Saturday the last thing most people would be doing is volunteering for a two day workshop at the BBC. But myself and around 150 others from Belfast’s film industry were doing just that very thing this weekend.

Elliot Grove from the Raindance Film Festival was in Belfast to give a workshop on ‘Making the Low Budget Feature’.

Although I’m normally on the other side of the camera I thought this would be an opportunity to meet directors and producers (basically people who could give me a JOB!) and I wasn’t disappointed…

Elliot pitched the two days perfectly. We were left inspired and full of energy for our next projects (all “at various stages of development”…)

I would just like to say thank you to Sarah Stack at the BBC and Ursula Devine at NI Screen for organising the event, and to Elliot for a great two days.

To all who were there, stay in touch: #lotono


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 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!

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!

Curtain up!

It’s opening night of Not A Game For Boys this evening as part of Feile an Phobail 2010 – great excitement all round!

Have you got your ticket yet? Come along for a great night’s entertainment, a fantastic play and wonderful performances, all brought to you by the committed and hardworking team at c21. See you there!

c21 on Radio Ulster

The PR bandwagon continues to roll for Not A Game For Boys! As well as being busy in the final stages of rehearsals, the cast will be on Radio Ulster’s afternoon show tomorrow (Saturday 31 July) with Gerry Kelly. Tune in between 12.30pm and 3pm if you can!

And remember – Not A Game For Boys only runs from 2 – 5 August, so get yourself down to the Emerald Roadhouse (the Old Devenish complex) next week for a fantastic evening of theatre.  You’ll have a great night’s entertainment with plenty of laughs.

There may be some tickets remaining on the door but best to buy in advance from Feile an Phobail.