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Villain or Hero in The Titanic Inquiry?

After finishing a successful theatre tour of Of Mice and Men I will be back in front of the camera this week in a new TV drama called The Titanic Inquiry, an intense courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of the official British Government Inquiry into the Californian Incident in Westminster later that same year. This production is being produced by The Hole in The Wall Gang, in Belfast for BBC NI.

I will be playing the role of Ernest Gill, an assistant engineer on the SS Californian – a ship that was in the vicinity of the Titanic when it sank.

A small newspaper in New England, the Daily Item, printed a shocking story claiming that the Californian had refused aid to Titanic. The source for the story was the ship’s carpenter, James McGregor, who stated that his ship had been close enough to see Titanic’s lights and distress rockets. By sheer coincidence, on the same day, the Boston American printed a story sourced by the Californian’s assistant engineer, Ernest Gill, which essentially told the same story.

With a star studded cast it’s due to hit the screens next year for the anniversary of the stricken vessel. It will definitely be one to look out for (even if I do say so myself…!)

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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!

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!