Actor Stephen Rea to read in Limerick’s Lime Tree

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

ACADEMY Award nominated film star Stephen Rea is in Limerick this weekend for an appearance at the Lime Tree Theatre.

ACADEMY Award nominated film star Stephen Rea is in Limerick this weekend for an appearance at the Lime Tree Theatre.

The Belfast star of the Crying Game, Interview with a Vampire and Michael Collins will read a rehearsed spoken word presentation of Brian O’Nolan’s blackly comic masterpiece The Third Policeman.

Rea is the narrator of the piece, adapted from O’Nolan’s novel, which was developed by musician Colin Reid and which the pair have performed on a number of occasions.

The murder thriller and comic satire is a “music and spoken word” piece and features live music from four exceptional musicians, including Reid.

Louise Donlon, manager of the 510-seater Lime Tree Theatre, said it would be a “privilege” to welcome the high profile actor to the venue.

“We are very much looking forward to the production and it is a real privilege to be able to host somebody of Stephen’s calibre here,” she explained.

“Very few other film stars from Ireland have the profile that he has, Liam Neeson or maybe Cillian Murphy, so to have somebody of that calibre is great and we are delighted.”

Ms Donlon said the piece, a rehearsed reading, was “slightly different” to conventional theatre, but no less intriguing.

“It is slightly different to standard theatre or music gigs, it is a mixture of the two. We are on the lookout for work that is slightly different that is going to potentially bring in a new audience, which is why we jumped at the chance to host this.

“It is very interesting and not that many people may have seen a rehearsed reading which is often done for work in development. But while Stephen is reading from the novel, you really get the sense that it is very much a performance as well.”

The Third Policeman takes place this Saturday at 8pm in the Lime Tree. Tickets are available at Lime Tree Theatre.

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