POINTS OF VIEW: Multi-Roling Performance in Ireland in the 1990s, Part 2 (Characterisation)

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The 1990s in Ireland saw a series of highly successful theatre productions in which actors played a multiplicity of roles. This has often been attributed to the economic exigencies of the times, but it also depended on the availability of flexible actors with the physical and psychological capacity to embody a wide range of identifiable characters within the one production.

This second of two posts considers the acting techniques required for this style of performance in relation to the differentiation of one character from another. 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 - 30 Nov 2015


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


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