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Jay Duffy, actor, describes #24HrDub as “ridiculous and terrifying”

Jay Duffy, actor
Jay Duffy, actor

Jay Duffy is a two time #24HrDub veteran so while he may appear young and innocent I reckon he is going to be the go to guy when you’re freaking out about not knowing your lines on Sunday afternoon, fellow actors!

If you would like to know a bit more about what Jay has been doing apart from The 24 Hour Plays in aid of Dublin Youth Theatre supported by BNP Paribas Real Estate then have a gander at his agency profile or you can follow him on Twitter.

When Jay introduces himself we sense that his parents might have aspirations for their son to have a sporting career, “My name is Jay Duffy. Born Jordan after the basketball player. Don’t ask me why. Most would describe me as tall. According to my dad I’m the best mistake he ever made.” Ah shtop! As if Keith Duffy, also a two time #24HrDub vet, wasn’t sweet enough already! You guys!

As mentioned Jay has been involved twice before. “Once in 2014 and again in 2015. Each time was just as ridiculous and terrifying, here’s hoping this time round is smooth sailing…” No comment!

We wondered, if Jay took a notion to write a play, what element would you definitely include and why? He replied that he would write a play for himself and his father, Keith Duffy, to perform. He explains, “I’ve never worked with him on stage or screen so I think it’d be enjoyable. Or disastrous. Who knows. Fun either way. Not a father son story though. Maybe something where we both play the same character. We’d just need to figure out who’d play the younger version.” We’d go and see that play, for sure.

We got to thinking about Dublin Youth Theatre turning 40 in 2017. We wondered what Jay Duffy might have hoped to have achieved by the time he turned 40 and he answered, philosophically, “I hope I’m still doing what I’m doing. And happy while doing it. Also wouldn’t mind waking up somewhere where the sun was shining.” We hear you, Jay! (Ahem! Los Angeles. are you reading this?!)

Finally we asked him about that old performing adage “Never work with children or animals” and whether he has worked with either. He sagely replied, “Nope. I listened to that advice.” Good man! We look forward to seeing you treading the boards again on January 29th in the Abbey Theatre.

Click here to book your tickets for The 24 Hour Plays in iad of Dublin Youth Theatre supported by BNP Paribas Real Estate online from The Abbey Theatre website.

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