‘It’s funny how we all ended up here…’
Our newest Night Of The Living Dead character poster depicts one of the more Irish differences in our play in comparison to the movie. Namely, the lack of basements. We don’t really have basements in Ireland. And the basement is a pretty big part of Romero’s movie. So the third of our character based posters shows we’ve gone with the old Irish staple of an attic and a Stira! Which is all well and good, but if your attic has a living dead infestation problem, you’re in trouble.
Which is exactly where we introduce Frankie. He is the only character in our version of Night Of The Living Dead that does not exist in the movie. He’s a completely original character and one that we think fits in quite nicely. The reason that we created the character is that we needed someone to represent a facet of Ireland, particularly in a young person and he serves that purpose to a tee. Frankie is a nervy, awkward teenager who is relieved to have just finished the Leaving Cert. He has his whole life ahead of him. However, in modern day Ireland the prospects for young people aren’t great. And they’ve just gotten a whole lot worse.
Frankie is played by John Kennedy. John was previously our associate writer for our In The Future When All’s Well residency last year where we staged his first play Shifting. We are currently in production on his second play Phantasm, which will debut at Solstice this month. As an actor, he previously appeared as Jamie in Shifting.
Night Of The Living Dead plays the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from July 24th – 28th 2012. Tickets can be booked on 056 – 7761674 and online. Also keep an eye on nightofthelivingdead.ie