Sligo actor on island ad and his new work on internment camp

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Local actor Bob Kelly will present his final work-in-progress reading at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo on Thursday, October 20.

ACTOR: Bob Kelly appears in a Euromillions advert as the lucky winner who purchases an island
ACTOR: Bob Kelly appears in a Euromillions advert as the lucky winner who purchases an island

Bob has been the Theatre Artist in Residence for 2016 where he has worked on developing the theatre’s training programme through workshops, rehearsed readings and discussions including hosting a ‘chat show’ after selected theatrical performances as well as being given time to work creatively on projects.

He will perform a reading of ‘Tintown’, a one-man piece which explores the internment of republican prisoners in the Curragh Camp, drawing on the experience of his grandfather who was once held there.

“It is primarily the story of my grandad who was in there for a few years back in the 40s during World War II and and he left the IRA while he was there. I thought his was interesting story because he was so young and because he dedicated several years to the Republican cause but didn’t actually hurt anybody.

I figured looking at it through his eyes might be a good idea and let the audience get in there without feeling that they are trying to identify with somebody who committed an act of terrorism.”

The piece also draws a picture based on stories told in official documents and books.

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