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Janet, niece of the celebrated playwright Brendan Behan, has theatre in her blood; her antecedents include theatre managers, poets, songsmiths (Janets great-uncle, Peadar Kearney composed the lyrics of the Irish National Anthem) and dramatists. She trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has worked in the theatre in one capacity or another acting, singing, writing, producing and directing ever since. She is the writer of Brendan at the Chelsea, which started life at the National Theatre Studio and was one of the first productions in the opening season at the newly rebuilt Lyric Theatre, Belfast. The Lyric production toured to New York, Belfast, Dublin and Derry in 2013.
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Brendan At the Chelsea
a warm and funny bioDrama of an Irish national treasure. It is 1960's New York in legendary bohemian bolt hole, the Chelsea Hotel. arthur Miller is just across the hall and the symphony of 24th Street is rising up and in through the open window of Brendan Behan's room. He's broke, hung over and way past the delivery date of his latest book, the first line of which he has yet to write. He was told to stop drinking or he'd be dead in six months - that was two years ago. Today is not going well. His mistress keeps ringing, the bills aren't paid and a wire arrives from Dublin with the kind of news that's guaranteed to put his blood pressure through the roof. . .
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