Cillian in gripping one-man show at Limerick’s Savoy

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Iphegenia in Orem running at Theatre at the Savoy later this week - below Cillian o Gairbhi, originally from Rathkeale, now based in Dublin
ONE of a new generation of young Limerick actors, Rathkeale-born Cillian Ó Gairbhí will make his Limerick debut this Friday and Saturday in the Savoy Hotel in Limerick.

ONE of a new generation of young Limerick actors, Rathkeale-born Cillian Ó Gairbhí will make his Limerick debut this Friday and Saturday in the Savoy Hotel in Limerick.

Cillian, the son of Mary and Sean Ó Gairbhí, has already performed to critical acclaim with Ramblinman Theatre Company in Dublin and has appeared in Ros na Ruan and most recently on the IFTA award-winning second series pf Corp agus Anam on TG4.

But this weekend will see him take on his most challenging role to date, as the main and only character in a one-hour performance of Iphigenia in Orem, a play by maverick American writer Neil Labute. Cillian plays travelling businessman in a Las Vegas hotel where he confesses a heinous crime to an unseen stranger.

“Because of the writing and the subject matter, it is gripping, almost like a thriller,” Cillian explained to the Limerick Leader during a break in rehearsals this week.

It is his first public performance in Limerick, and the upside of that is that he is looking forward to having support from Limerick friends and family and Limerick theatre-overs

”But,” he continued, “there is the other side. The responsibility is on me to make sure it is good and that puts the pressure on.”

However, Cillian added: “The play is a very very good play and that is half the battle. What you have to worry about is your own performance.”

Cillian came to full-time acting after first doing a law degree in UCC.

“I think that secretly I always wanted to be an actor,” he admitted. “But it wasn’t the done thing. I was more interested in sport when I was younger.”

But after graduating in law, he said: “I knew early on this was not for me. “ Realising that what inspired him was great theatre and great acting, he signed up for the Gaiety School of Acting. “It was a bit of a shock for other people but not for me,” he said.

He graduated from the Gaiety in 2011 and co-founded Ramblinman Theatre Company. The company’s production of Sam Shephard’s True West was critcally acclaimed. He has also appeared in the hit US series, Vikings, which was shot in Ireland and he is set to share the screen with acting legend Ray Winstone in Skey’s new drama, Moonfleet which will be broadcast this Christmas.

Doors to Iphegenia in Orem open at 6.45pm this Friday and Saturday at the Savoy Hotel, Limerick.