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Richard Dormer

RICHARD DORMER  

Nationality:    Irish
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Literary Agent:    Judy Daish Associates Ltd  

Richard Dormer trained as an actor at RADA in London, and has since played many leading roles onstage throughout the UK and in Ireland. He won the 2004 Irish Times Best actor award for his performance in Frank McGuinness's Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. He has also appeared extensively on television and on film. His first play, Hurricane, based on the life of Alex Higgins, the Belfast snooker star, premiered at the Old Museum Arts Centre in Belfast in 2002; the subsequent tour included the London premiere at the Soho Theatre in 2004 and a transfer to the West end. the play won the 2002 BBC Radio Drama award from the Stewart Parker Trust, and his performance gained him the Stage's Best actor award at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival. the Ha!f his second play, premiered at the Belfast Festival at Queen's in 2005. During 2005 and 2006 he appeared with the Peter Hall Company in productions of Miss Julie, Measure for Measure and Waiting for Godot.

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        Come to Where I am From         Drum Belly         Gentlemen's Tea Drinking Society, The         Half, The         Hurricane         Minute Of Your Time         This Piece Of Earth



Come to Where I am From

Synopsis:
Sixty one playwrights from across the UK return to their home towns to write plays about the places that shaped them. At 14 theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays will be performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale. Come To Where I'm From is a theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is.

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1st Produced:
Ransom Productions at the ISLAND Arts Centre, Lisburn, Antrim    26 Jun 2010

Organisations:
Paines Plough

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Genre:
short play

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Drum Belly

Drum Belly
Man has just set foot on the moon. the streets of Brooklyn are tense. the Irish Mafia is desperately trying to hold on to their power and more importantly their identity. After all, they built these streets. In this edgy new story, relationships between family, friends and enemies are ultimately challenged. Hold tight as Drum Belly casts you into New York Citys deep and dark underworld.

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Play/Drama

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Male:  10            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Gentlemen's Tea Drinking Society, The

Synopsis:
the Society of the title was first initiated some twenty years ago when its four surviving members were but callow undergraduates so the revelation that the livery of their common caucus involves wearing bus conductors' caps and a veritable ministry of silly walks comes as confirmation that all is well with their world. Which of course it isn't. the decades have taken their toll of bruised ambitions, failed marriages and defeat by the demon drink. Tea has never dominated their rituals. the apparently otherwise complete and urbane Simon, a sociologist, is confined to a wheelchair. Welshman Larry, looking like a miniaturised Brian Blessed, was once a master of maths. Now an alcoholic, he's dull as a pub quiz addict. Moustachioed Frank has swopped high flying academia for the role of a writer of populist books on science. So far so Goon Show. and then there's Richard Dormer's physically and mentally manic Brian, a loner who, if we are to believe him, has not only replicated a Large Hadron Collider, not in Switzerland's CeRN or Illinois's Fremilab, but in a forgotten section of the Circle Line in London's Underground, but having done so in the pay of a secret arm of government, has created the elusive and previously undiscovered Higgs Boson, one of the two most powerful particles in the universe. the problem is, says Brian, downing Scotch by the bottle, that the powers that be would like the particle back and dead. In escaping from england's Dr Strangeloves, his burlesquery of a James Bond adventure has resulted in dozens of deaths, and, any moment now, the end of the universe.
- Ian Hill, British theatre Guide

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Ransom Productions

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Half, The

Synopsis:
a 50 year old actor, down on his luck, attempts to reverse his fortunes by doing a one man show. Nothing new there... except that he's chosen Shakespeare's Hamlet - uncut - four-and-a-half hours! He's sold his car and his father's gold watch to pay for it all and his wife has left him. everything rides on it. It's his opening night - 35 minutes before curtain up (the Half) and he is starting to unravel... Will he make it to the stage or will he self-destruct? This is hystErical stuff and a must see for anyone involved in entertainment (or anyone who just wants a damned good laugh...)

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1st Produced:
Belfast Festival at Queen's    2005

Organisations:
Ransom Productions

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Hurricane

Synopsis:
a formidable slice of Rock 'n' Roll theatre depicting the life of Northern Ireland's 'people's champion', snooker legend Alex Higgins.

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1st Produced:
Belfast: Old Museum Arts Centre, 7 College Square N, Belfast BT1 6AR    2003

Organisations:
Ransom Productions

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Genre:
Solo Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Minute Of Your Time

Synopsis:
various topices from the meaning of life to homelessness

Notes:
written by Richard Dormer And Karl Wallace

1st Produced:
Public Spaces in Belfast City Centre    2005

Organisations:
Ransom Productions and Kabosh

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Genre:
six one minute plays Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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This Piece Of Earth

Synopsis:
This Piece of earth addresses an especially grim moment in Irish history: the Irish Famine or Great Hunger of 1845-1850. the play blends the barren style and staging of Samuel Beckett with the beauty and intimacy of Brian Friel and depicts the physical and emotional struggles of a couple trying to reach the coast and flee Ireland for a better life. For the people of contemporary Northern Ireland negotiating a peaceful path, this piece is a ghost from the past which has been welcomed by some and not others; the famine theme has had few treatments, but this one - while controversial in the Irish media - has equally challenging questions to ask in countries trying to reconcile issues of land, food, and freedom.

Notes:
Poetry And Irish translation by Robert Welch

1st Produced:
Belfast: Old Museum Arts Centre, 7 College Square N, Belfast BT1 6AR    2007

Organisations:
Ransom Productions

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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