SOME of Ireland’s finest acting talent are getting back together for a nationwide tour of Jim Nolan’s brilliant Johnny I hardly knew ye , which kicks off in Garter Lane Theatre for one night only Monday, March 20th at 8pm before playing a further nine venues around the country. It is a cast of extraordinary talent, which includes Michael Hayes, Garrett Keogh, Ciaran McMahon, Ema Lemon and Deirdre Monaghan, directed by the author and funded by the Arts Council and Waterford City & County Council. Tickets €21/€16 Garter Lane Friends & concs on 051-855038 or http://www.garterlane.ie
Garrett Keogh plays the role of Stephen Coyne, an old school journalist of the highest, and finest order. An experienced actor of stage and screen, Garrett played major roles at the Abbey and the Gate, on Broadway, the West End, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, as well as in theatres, town halls, beaches and forests, rooftops and schoolyards the length and breadth of Ireland. Among TV series he was in Legend, The Last Furlong, The Clinic, Raw, Jack Taylor, Corp agus Anam, Honeymoon For One and Fair City. Films he featured in include A Love Divided, Evelyn, and Angela’s Ashes.
Michael Hayes plays the role of Lenny, sports reporter, photographer and just about everything else that needs to be done in a busy regional newsroom. Michael is no stranger to the work of Jim Nolan have played the role of Michael Maher in the world première of Blackwater Angel in 2001. He also performed as Fr Rock in the Red Kettle Theatre production of A Miracle in Ballymore at the Theatre Royal alongside Des and Anna Manahan, as well as his hilarious role with a pig called Piggy Sue in Vodafone’s latest ad campaign.
Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye is set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Easter 2016. The privately owned Inishshannon Chronicle has just been acquired by a media conglomerate and the new brush is about to sweep clean. As the newspaper's staff adjust to radical changes in its structure and ethos, the town it serves prepares to celebrate a tenuous connection to the Easter Rising. The revelation that this connection is not quite what it seems puts the Chronicle's editor on a collision course with both his new bosses and the local business and political community. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye is topical and provocative and is back in Waterford for one night only on Monday, March 20. Tickets from http://www.garterlane.ie