We were so excited about our creative team announcements recentlhy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We have a really interesting posse this year! We can’t wait to see some interesting combos coming out of the Meet and Greet on the Saturday night before the performance. I’m getting chills just thinking about the nerves and excitement! Where they can the team have taken a few moments to answer a few questions about their experience of theatre in the past, present and in the future. We always think it adds an added frisson at the Meet and Greet and at the main event when we understand the background of the members of the creative teams.
Without further ado please welcome Thommas Kane Byrne to the #24HrDub family.
Thomas Kane Byrne (TKB) is an actor/writer from Dublin’s North Inner City.
He is graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting where he was awarded the Gaiety Theatre Bursary.
Thommas is artistic director of The Breadline Collective (Facebook/Twitter). Their critically acclaimed maiden production Say Nothin’ to No One premiered at Theatre Upstairs last August. It was written by Thommas and starred himself and Ericka Roe. It was nominated for The Stewart Parker award and won the first ever Stewart Parker Development award. It remounted at the Axis, Ballymun and will have a run at Project Arts Centre this November. Say Nothin’ to No One was the first volume in Thommas’ St. Mary’s Mansions Trilogy. The second volume Well That’s What I Heard premiered at Theatre Upstairs this June. At this year’s Dublin Fringe, Thommas premiered his new play The Fattest Dancer at St. Bernadette’s. Thommas is currently developing Well That’s What I Heard for the screen and is in development for Wayne Jordan’s The Haircut
Where can we find more about you online?
Introduce yourself please. If you are feeling nostalgic you can even describe yourself as your favourite teacher might if asked today what you were like in school.
Just your average inner city princess who likes sushi, Bette Davis and prosecco.
Have you participated in The 24 Hour Plays in aid of Dublin Youth Theatre before? If yes what is your fondest/ most nightmare causing memories? If no what are you looking forward to/ terrified of?
I’m going to be boring and say I’m looking forward to EVERYTHING. I’ve been dying to do this ever since I heard about it.
If you took a notion to write a play what element would you definitely include and why?
I’ve always wanted to write about the life and scandals of Adele King. I’ll play her…obviously.
Dublin Youth Theatre is finally moving house. If you were moving and were only allowed bring one piece of clothing and one book with you, what would they be?
My faux fur coat and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Have you worked with children or animals? How did that work out for ya?
There were four local kids in my Fringe show. I love the little wagons… but let’s just say I won’t be hassling The Arts Council to fund a tour any time soon. Mayhem!
If you would like to see what mayhem Thommas can create onstage at The Abbey Theatre on February 3rd, book your tickets now. We also have a small number of VIP tickets available directly from the Dublin Youth Theatre website. These give you access to the Meet and Greet on Saturday where the creative process of The 24 Hour Plays in aid of Dublin Youth Theatre supported by BNP Paribas Real Estate begins.