Al has had a love affair with the play ‘Educating Rita’ for the over 30 years and can remember trying to organise a self-directed production of it when he was 15 years old.
Having gone through the rehearsal process for this production, he is now extremely relieved that the ambitious project never got off the ground…! What has always struck him is the different direction of the journeys that the characters undertake throughout the play and so what is, to many, regarded as a comedy has always been tragi-comedy, as “inevitable as…Macbeth”
Over the last couple of decades, Al has directed more shows than he has performed in. Among his directing credits he regards his productions of Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, Strinderg’s ‘The Ghost Sonata’, Stoppard’s ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’, Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ and Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ among some of the highlights.
As an actor, Al’s credits include 8th Juror - Twelve Angry Men, Sky Masterson - Guys and Dolls, Willy Mossop - Hobson’s Choice and, more recently, he performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of ‘Cian and Al’ as Morganhall in ‘The Dock Brief’ and in Michael Frayn’s ‘Matchbox Theatre’.
Al is not prepared to divulge how long ago he played some of the characters listed above. He does, however, sincerely hope that you enjoy the show.