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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 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.


“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.