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Monday 21 August 2017

'He's frightening to play' - Michael Harding daunted by 'Bull' McCabe role

Michael Harding, John B Keane's granddaughter Laura Keane and Grace Kyne and Sorcha Lauder, both 14, from Holy Faith School in Clontarf outside the Gaiety
Michael Harding, John B Keane's granddaughter Laura Keane and Grace Kyne and Sorcha Lauder, both 14, from Holy Faith School in Clontarf outside the Gaiety
The Field
Bull McCabe

A HOST of stars from screen and stage will be performing in the 50th anniversary production of John B Keane's iconic play, The Field.

It tells the story of farmer Bull McCabe who goes to extremes over a piece of land he has tended for years.

Acclaimed Irish actor and author Michael Harding will play McCabe, and he admitted he's nervous about portraying such an well-known character.

"Bull is an iconic character and that's what's frightening about it, but also, it is an iconic play about land and if you look back at the main issues over the last few years, whether it's fracking or Irish water, they're all about land so it's daunting," he told the Herald.

Mr Selfridge star Aidan McArdle, who will play William Dee, said he is excited about spending some time in his home town of Dublin and performing for the first time on the Gaiety stage.

"It's been nearly a year since I've been on stage so I'm really looking forward to it," he said.

"I'm looking forward to working with such a brilliant cast and getting to know the stage as I haven't performed at the Gaiety before.

"It's a really important play - it's one of the classics, there isn't a word that's out of place in it and it doesn't pull any punches."

Other cast members include Love/Hate's Ian Lloyd Anderson who will play Tadhg, Catherine Byrne from Fair City in the role of Maggie Butler and Killinaskully's Maria McDermottroe will portray Mrs McCabe.

The play will run at the Gaiety Theatre from April 23 until May 16 and tickets costing from €22.50 are on sale from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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