A WILDE FAN

A WILDE FAN

Date:  15th September

Time: 8:00pm

Price: €18.00 / €15.00 conc.

  • Seating must be purchased in the groups of seats available, your booking will be moved if you occupy a larger seating groups
  • Seating is subject to change due to updated social distancing guidelines

 

Bottom Dog Theatre Company presents

A WILDE FAN

Written and performed by Myles Breen

Directed by Liam O’Brien

From a young age, acclaimed actor and playwright Myles Breen has been Oscar Wilde’s biggest fan.

In his new solo performance Myles celebrates the poet, playwright and novelist – recounting the affect Wilde has had on his own work, and indeed his life.

Beginning with studying ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ for the Leaving Cert and exploring his many other works, Myles delves into Oscar’s incredible life story – one that has been a constant source of inspiration and obsession.

Wilde was an artist whose unique imagination and ideas on life, love and art are as modern today as when they were first written, and whose rapid rise to fame and scandalous down fall is still an example of how a society can turn on those who do not conform; a man of his time, but also of all time.

Reuniting with director Liam O’Brien (Language UnBecoming A Lady / The Bachelor of Kilkish), the international award winning Limerick based company presents this their 15th production as part of a 5-week nationwide tour.

Originally funded by their sell out 10th anniversary fundraiser ‘Bottom’s Up’ in 2018, Bottom Dog are delighted to debut at Theatre Royal with yet another story they are passionate about.

Featuring excerpts from Wilde’s writings alongside Breen’s trademark wit and performed with his usual flair, A Wilde Fan is a personal and theatrical take on one of history’s greatest artists, by his biggest fan.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken!”

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MYLES BREEN (Writer / Actor)

Apart from his many appearances in pantomime, Myles is known in Limerick for his roles with Island Theatre Company including Manus in Translations, Danny Mann in The Colleen Bawn, Eugene in Biloxi Blues, Claudius in Hamlet and various roles in Pigtown and Under Milk Wood. He has also appeared with Animated State, Daghdha, Magic Roundabout, Gallowglass, Yew Tree, Graffiti, Impact, Quare Hawks, Natural Shocks & Teaspach.

He is a founder member of Bottom Dog Theatre, and for us wrote and performed Language Unbecoming a Lady first in 2009, and Porkville (with Mike Finn). He wrote and directed 06179899909 as part of our first production Off the Wall and adapted and directed A Christmas Carol. He also wrote The Bachelor of Kilkish and was supported by the Arts Council to develop his play The Book of Joe.

For Bottom Dog, he has also directed The Revenger’s Tragedy, Killer Kabaret, and Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens. He last played Mikey Cleary in our Irish Times Theatre award nominated production of What Happened Bridgie Cleary, which toured to 15 venues nation-wide.

For Limerick Youth Theatre he wrote and directed Dorian, Channel Surfing, Story Land, Take Away Time, A Night in the Library and Around The World in 80 Days. For Wildebeest he directed Tan, and for An Grianán Theatre he directed Pinocchio, The Twits and Jack & the Beanstalk.

Film and TV credits include Fair City, Northanger Abbey, Camera Café, Why the Irish Dance That Way, Corp agus Anam, Clash of the Ash and the Limerick Trilogy.

 

LIAM O'BRIEN (Director and Producer)

Liam is a founder member of Bottom Dog Theatre and has produced all of our shows to date while performing in Off The Wall, Killer Kabaret, Elegies, The Revenger’s Tragedy and Drinking In America. He directed our multi award winning show Language UnBecoming A Lady, The Bachelor of Kilkish and Animal Farm.

Other directing includes the world premiere of Women In Power by Kenneth McLeish for Limerick Youth Theatre, and Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley for Midas. He developed a promenade version of King Lear with Rob Clare in a 12th century Dominican Abbey in Kilmallock, and directed Death of a Salesman for College Players at the Lime Tree Theatre.

Acting roles include Romeo & Juliet, Come Up and See Me Sometime (Pavilion), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Andrew’s Lane), Translations (Library Theatre, Manchester – Best Production MEN Awards 2003), Death of a Salesman (Bolton Octagon), Walking Away (Amalgamotion), The Rat Pack (USA/UK West End Tour), Stones in his Pockets (Orchard), The Mai (Mephisto, Galway), Othello (Second Age) and Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew with Edward Hall’s acclaimed Propeller company, touring the UK, Europe and the USA for 10 months.

In Limerick he worked for many years with Island Theatre Company, creating roles in Borrowed Robes, The Trickster and Pigtown, alongside memorable parts in Our Town, The Taming of the Shrew and The Glass Menagerie.

He has dozens of TV/Film credits including 3 years as Ethan Blake on Emmerdale, and is in huge demand as a jazz and swing singer here and abroad.

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