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Bob Kelly (Actor & Theatre Maker) Ireland

Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly is an actor & theatre maker from the west of Ireland. Trained in Paris' reknowned Lecoq school, he has performed throughout Ireland and in notable European venues including The Louvre, The Royal Ballet School, Theatre13 Paris and Theatro Massimo in Cagliari. In recent years he has twice worked with the renowned director John Tiffany (Once: The Musical & Let the Right One in). He has played the mythical Irish hero Cuchulainn in Coney Island, New York and Coney Island, Sligo (On Baile's Strand, Blue Raincoat). In Paris he received critical acclaim for his work in l'Ecrivain Public (Plateforme Theatre), and in 2012 he was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for The Poor Mouth (Blue Raincoat). He speaks several languages and has performed lead roles in French (l'Ecrivain Public) and in Italian (Cabaret Emotivo). Other recent projects include Nivelli's War (Cahoots, New Victory NY) and Samuel Beckett's Play (Blue Raincoat).

He has written and directed for Blue Raincoat (The Rallying Call, Footfalls) and for the Hawk's Well Theatre (The Big Wall). From 2016-18 he was Artist in Residence at the Hawk's Well. In 2013 he staged an adaptation of Dradin, in Love by the acclaimed fantasy author Jeff Vandermeer (Annihilation). His stage work has been featured in the US publication The Steampunk User's Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-Futurist Dreams.

His current writing projects include Tintown, to be staged by Blue Raincoat in May 2019, and a major musical commission for Landmark Productions as part of Galway 2020.