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March 1, 2018 • Film

Locus Of Control

Locus Of Control is probably my favourite thing I’ve ever worked on. In terms of actorly ambitions, getting to play the lead in a feature is pure bucket list stuff and something I was so grateful to tick off. It was cool as shit to get to work on such a quality feature film and Sean Clancy has made something really weird, funny and unique. If horror movies about being on the dole ever become a thing, then this one is on the vanguard. First Dublin screening is next week on March 7th as part of the Silk Road Film Festival in Filmbase and it would be great to get a crowd in. You can all meet my cycling stunt double. Check out the very cool new trailer for the movie below.

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February 22, 2018 • devious theatre

Vehicle

I’ve been doing some work on the new work in progress piece from Devious Theatre.

Vehicle is a lo-fi sci-fi comedy about Charles Bonjell, a rough and ready human bounty hunter charged with transporting Rita Vulcra, a smart talking alien con-woman across the galaxy in a talking space vehicle that is falling apart. A frantic and hilarious race against time ensues.

The show was devised by the company and we’ve had a lot of fun doing that over the past couple of weeks. It’s being directed with aplomb by Sarah Baxter and stars John Doran, Aoife Spratt and Peter McGann as the voice of Vehicle. Here’s a wee trailer shot and cut by Ed Murphy.

It plays as a work in progress showing in Smock Alley Theatre on February 24th & 25th as part of Scene + Heard 2018. Check out the full programme here.

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January 29, 2018 • Theatre

Pulp Injection

I’m delighted to be taking part in a new live radio play from my auld pal Peter McGann this coming February.

Pulp Injection is a live performance of two retro radio plays as part of Scene and Heard in Smock Alley. The storylines are tasty enough: Eamon de Valera takes on priest-abducting martians and an ex-spy gets tempted back into the game by the re-emergence of an old enemy.

There’s a cracking line up of performers on the night, some of whom I’ve worked with before like Eoin Lyons, Kelly Shatter, Amy Dunne and Stephen Considine and some whom I’m very excited to work with like Giles Brody, Tony Cantwell and John Burke. It’s a mighty line up and should provide many laughs.

One night only on February 16th at 8pm. Get your tickets right here.

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November 23, 2017 • Radio Play

100 Everyday Menaces

I wrote a radio play called 100 Everyday Menaces which won 3rd prize in this years PJ O’Connor Awards. It’s an idea I’ve been working on for quite a while and had been developing as a one man show (which it may still be). It’s effectively a day in the life, Kilkenny set story which kind of functions as a thriller set inside one man’s head. The radio version I wrote was a testing out of material in a way so I was both surprised delighted when it won an award. The plot when synopsised goes as such:

100 Everyday Menaces tells the story of Joe, a man suffering from OCD and anxiety, returning to his home town to see his son. A dark incident from a year earlier threatens to overshadow his arrival as he struggles to stay positive, stay healthy and stay in control.

The subsequent recording process was pretty sweet and RTÉ Drama On One lined up a brilliant cast for the play. Gus McDonagh, Peter Daly, Janet Moran, Eva Bartley, Enda Oates and Aisling O’Neill do all the voice acting. The show was produced by Kevin Reynolds.

You can listen, podcast and download the play from right here.

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October 23, 2017 • music video, Uncategorized

Way To Love by Brave Giant

I did some acting in the cops and robbers themed video for Brave Giant’s new track Way To Love. Fergal Costello directed the whole shebang with a stellar team on board.

Kate Gilmore, Ian McEvoy, Peter McGann and myself play a really inept band of robbers. The song recently shot to the top of the iTunes chart in Ireland.

You can take a gawk at the video right here.

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June 20, 2017 • music video

Trouble by Cat Dowling

I’m acting as a right ne’er do well in the new music video from Cat Dowling for her new single Trouble. It’s a grim Ra caper up the Wicklow mountains and the shoot was easily on a par with The Revenant. I assume. Anyway, it’s yet another cracking music video from Fergal Costello and a brilliant tune to boot.

Check it out here:

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May 27, 2017 • Theatre

The Definitive View with Sneachta Ní Mhurchú

I had a very fun time last summer doing some directing on The Definitive View with Sneachta Ní Mhurchú by The Brownbread Mixtape. It’s got a very appealing synopsis which reads:

Ireland. The near future. You sit down with a cup of tay, and tune in to RTÉ Radio 1 to catch The Definitive View with Sneachta Ní Mhurchú: your favourite arty interview and playback show, featuring the quirkiest, murkiest Irish radio from the past week, hosted by Ireland’s most popular self-important presenter. A brand new comedy radio play with a live musical soundtrack, in the tradition of The Goons and Scrap Saturday.

It went on to be nominated for two Dublin Fringe Festival awards: Best Ensemble and The Bewley’s Little Gem award. It returns now for a week long run in Project Arts Centre with the powerhouse vocal talents of Eva Bartley, Gus McDonagh and Kalle Ryan behind it. It’s a “Pitch-perfect parody of RTE radio” as the Irish Independent called it.

It plays June 20th to 24th at 7.45pm nightly with tickets €16-€18. You can book them here.

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April 30, 2017 • short film

The Lawless Mind

I did a part in this terribly grim comedy from the warped minds of Sean Clancy and Peter McGann. The Lawless Mind chronicles the attempts of failed actor Mick Lawless to refashion himself as a mental health guru.

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March 9, 2017 • mycrofilms, short film

Swerve

A short film I wrote about a group of criminals competing for a mysterious bag has just hit the interwebs in all its bloody and profane glory. The film was shot in Kilkenny under the Mycrofilms banner and directed by Ross Costigan.

Check out Swerve here.

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October 8, 2016 • Film

Locus Of Control

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Locus Of Control is the debut feature film from writer/director Sean Clancy. We shot it last September/October around Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal. I was very lucky to get the role of Andrew Egan in the film and if I get hit by a bus in the morning, getting to play the lead in a feature film is one big tick on my bucket list.

It has been synopsised thus:

Stuck repeating the same pattern of mistakes again and again, Andrew Egan reluctantly accepts a teaching job to support his floundering, stand-up comedy career. As an increasingly anxious Andrew grows accustomed to the droll institution and its occupants he suspects that one of the students may be his downfall and that the previous teacher may not have left of his own accord. His life slowly unraveling, Andrew’s lessons fall on deaf ears and he soon becomes part of a larger cosmic joke.

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I described it as ‘The Shining’ on a Jobbridge scheme which was a joke but it is also a joke with an element of truth in it. Anyway, it’s about time there was an Irish movie that could be described as a ‘dole horror’ and this film definitely does that. It was a pleasure to work on and with such a brilliant cast, some of whom I’ve worked with before like Gus McDonagh, Peter McGann, John Doran, Ed Murphy, Aoife Spratt and Stephen Colfer and some I hadn’t worked with before like Seamus O’Rourke, Ciaran McCauley, Margaret Kilcoyne, Ciara Manning, Anthony Brennan and Pamela Devanney.

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It’s a very funny, very dark, very odd film and an altogether accurate representation of being on the dole. It’s going to do great things for Sean and I can only hope to ride his coattails for years to come.

You can take a look at the trailer for the film right here.

Locus Of Control has its premiere on Wednesday October 12th at 6.30pm as part of this years Indie Cork film festival and we’ll be making a trip down to see it. If you want to see it, you can get some tickets right here.

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