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Friday 20 October 2017

Jack Reynor's acting again - as a teddy bear

Jack Gleeson with fellow actors (from left), Cameron McAulay, Aaron Heffernan and Eoghan Quinn during rehersals for Bears in Space
Jack Gleeson with fellow actors (from left), Cameron McAulay, Aaron Heffernan and Eoghan Quinn during rehersals for Bears in Space

FROM playing an evil king in a popular TV show to portraying a teddy bear on stage, Jack Gleeson is set to make his return to acting.

Audiences saw the Dubliner bow out of HBO hit Game of Thrones earlier this year, when his villainous character Joffrey Baratheon was murdered.

Although the Trinity College graduate has turned his back on a soaring career in Hollywood and a life of international fame after leaving the award-winning series, Jack is back in the acting saddle and appearing in two new plays with his theatre company, The Collapsing Horse.

The 22-year-old will appear alongside friends Aaron Heffernan, Cameron MacAulay and Eoghan Quinn in Bears in Space, as well as Human Child, for a run at the Project Arts Centre next week.

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The group, along with their director Dan Colley, will then take the productions to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

Jack told the Herald he is now more interested in working with his close pals and has little desire to take on blockbuster projects in Los Angeles.

"It's true to an extent that I've (retired from acting), because being with Collapsing Horse doesn't really feel like work," he said.

"So in a way I suppose I feel that I have left acting professionally behind and this is more fun with friends.

"The only acting I'll probably do in the future is with Collapsing Horse. Maybe we should do a Spanish TV show or something and then I'll be back on TV again," he added.

Filming for the next instalment of Game of Thrones, featuring high-profile names including Liam Cunningham and Aidan Gillen, is due to kick off in the coming weeks in Northern Ireland.

Jack admitted that there are elements he will miss about being involved in the fantasy drama.

"I miss the people on set, that part is sad," he said.

"It's weird, not having to take the train up to Belfast and see the same faces in the make-up trailer, but I'm keeping in contact with a lot of the cast and crew. "

Jack said that he can enjoy being a fan of the critically acclaimed programme now that he's been killed off and plans to tune in with the viewers to watch the action in season five when it airs in 2015.

Bears in Space will be staged at the Project Arts Centre from July 23 to 25.

Tickets start at €12.

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