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emotional Domhnall Gleeson reveals he feels 'very lucky' to return to performing on stage

The Harry Potter actor will star as John Kane in Enda Walsh’s latest play, Medicine

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Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson has said that he feels “very lucky” to finally return to performing on stage.

The Harry Potter actor will star as John Kane in Enda Walsh’s latest play, Medicine, which opens at the Black Box Theatre in Galway today as part of the city’s International Arts Festival.

The dark comedy also features Aoife Duffin and Clare Barrett, as well as jazz musician Seán Carpio, who adds another layer to the drama.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on his RTÉ Radio show, Gleeson said that he is “so proud” of the production and thinks that it is one that will resonate with many people.

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Enda Walsh

Enda Walsh

Enda Walsh

He said: “It’s a very beautiful play, a very funny and very important play...I play a man called John Kane, who seems to be in some sort of institution, and on the day that we meet him he’s telling us how he came to be there.

“Things sort of develop from there. There’s a giant lobster in it, and a very old man, and lots of madness going on. It’s great.”

The 38-year-old explained that the play was originally supposed to be performed last year, but it was postponed when the pandemic took over. However, he said that the themes of “connection and love” resonate with the audience so much more after lockdown.

“Enda wrote it more than two years ago. We actually were supposed to do it last year in Galway but obviously the pandemic put a stop to that so it’s been a long time coming. 

“I think the need to connect and the need for presence and love, and how important that is in terms of how we care for people who need help, just connection and love and all those things is at the heart of it.

Continuing, the actor said: “It’s a very emotional thing to be on stage and to really feel it with these actors. It’s just been the most amazing experience and I’m so proud of it. I can’t wait to have people see it.

“The reaction and feeling of the work itself has been incredibly positive. It was an amazing experience rehearsing it. We had this amazing cast... I feel very lucky to be a part of it.”

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