Tuesday afternoon brought about the announcement of the 2010 Oscar® Nominations and when Anne Hathaway and Academy president Tom Sherak reached the category of “Best Animated Feature” and said the title The Secret of Kells, a thunderous uproar of exhilaration and celebration could be heard across Kilkenny and in the Devious Theatre camp! Paul Young (who has previously worked with us on Trainspotting and Stags and Hens) is producer on this wonderful film and is a founder of Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon. It also just so happens Paul was currently deep into rehearsals on our upcoming production of Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!
Unfortunately, and very understandably, Paul has had to leave our production and will spend the next month jetsetting on a whirlwind press tour for his movie. It’s hard to call this news bittersweet, as we are utterly thrilled for Paul and everyone at Cartoon Saloon but it is also sad to see him go. Paul (pictured above in makeup during a makeup test) approached his role with much gusto and had put in a gargantuan amount of work into rehearsals over the past weeks. We wish him, Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey and the crew at the Saloon the very best of luck on March 7th! We’ll cross all of our collective Devious fingers and toes and we hope a shiny, bald golden fella is brought back home.
Replacing Paul in the show will be David Thompson, a man who many will recognise as ‘The Madman’ from our previous production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
Dario Fo Season continues with Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! running from 10-14 of March at Set Theatre, John Street Kilkenny. Tickets are on sale now.