POINTS OF VIEW: Multi-Roling Performance in Ireland in the 1990s, Part 1 (Layering)

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This series of posts will consider the acting techniques required for this style of performance with reference to four productions from the 1990s in which two actors took on multiple roles: Frank Pig Says Hello (1992), Co-Motion’s stage adaptation of Pat McCabe’s novel; The Butcher Boy, Corca Dorca’s production of Disco Pigs (1996) by Enda Walsh; DubbleJoint’s production of Stones in his Pockets by Marie Jones (1996) and its subsequent award-winning revival which I produced at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in 1999; and Kabosh’s production of Mojo Mickybo by Owen McCafferty (1998). The discussion will focus primarily on my own empirical exploration of the demands multi-roling places on an actor through the direction of recent revivals of Mojo Mickybo for Belfast’s Chatterbox Theatre Company (2013) and Bedlam Productions (2015).
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationTheatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2015


  • Multi-Roling
  • Physical Theatre
  • Mojo Mickybo
  • Owen McCafferty, Northern Irish Theatre, Postconflict Drama in Northern Ireland


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