Thursday 17 October 2019

The playwright and the actor

Billy Roche and Dermot Murphy.
Billy Roche and Dermot Murphy.

By Maria Pepper

The Wexford-born actor Dermot Murphy was spotted outside the National Opera House in High Street with the playwright Billy Roche.

Dermot who has recently appeared on cinema screens in the Irish-made movie The Drummer and the Keeper is now based in Dublin and during an Opera Festival visit to Wexford he caught up with the man who gave him his first break in the play Amphibians when he was 12 years old. Since then, the actor has appeared on television in RTE dramas RAW and Clean Break and BBC Nothern Ireland's 6Degress as well as the feature film Black Ice and the award-winning short No Messages. His theatre work has included Lay Me Down Softy, written and directed by Billy at the Tricycle Theatre in London, Eoin Colfer's Lords of Love and Decadent Theatre's touring production of Roche's The Cavalcaders. The pair were photographed by Senan O'Reilly.

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