The Green Room: With Terry Byrne

Terry Byrne plays Morrie Schwartz in Tuesdays with Morrie which runs from 4 – 8 September at the Civic Theatre.

Based on the much loved book of the same name, Breda Cashe’s production has been receiving lavish praise from critics.

We did a quick fire round of questions with TerryByrne in our ‘Green Room’ so we can get to know him a little better..

1. What is your favorite word?

 2. What is your least favorite word?

3. What sound or noise do you love?
Violin played well

4. What sound or noise do you hate?
Tin can scraping on concrete wall

5. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

6. How did you prepare for this role?
Drew on experience of spending a lot of time with a friend dying of motor neuron disease.

7. Can you sum up the play in 20 words or less?
A young man is redeemed by talking to a wise dying man.

8. Can you relate to your character in anyway?
Yes, growing in maturity and declining in mobility

9. Why do you think ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ has such a broad appeal?
Morrie was made famous initially in three interviews on tv as he slowly died of motor neuron disease. He talked of philosophy and wisdom.The writer wrote convincingly about his personal experience of Morrie and was widely read by people who had become acquainted with the tv  persona. The book touched a chord with millions of people.

About Terry: Theatre Director and Actor
Terry is a theatre professional who works principally as a director, but has recently returned to theatre and film acting.

He has appeared in several films and television productions. Most recently he had a major role in the Hallmark movie Chasing Leprechauns; Hitler on Trial (BBC), Titanic – Blood and Steel,  Game  of Thrones , The Abduction Club,  Agnes Brown,  Fair City, Ballykissangel, Ros na Run and several others. He has played theatre roles in the Abbey, the Gate, Andrews Lane and in most of the provincial theatres.

His directing work has included a number of major hits – A Galway Girl, Elysium Nevada, nominated as best new play in the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010; I Keano the musical satire;  The Chastitute by John B Keane, starring Mick Lally in the Gaiety in Dublin, Twelve Angry Men which opened in Andrews Lane, was critically acclaimed and transferred to the  Gaiety Theatre , the Olympia, and other major theatres; 84 Charing Cross Road in a highly regarded production which was the final show in Andrews Lane before the theatre sadly closed.

Other directing work for Lane Productions includes One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Over The River and Though The Woods, A Night in November,  Out of Order Sweetie, Over and Out, Continental Call Girls, Women on the Verge of HRT. For Centreline Productions in London he directed Women on the Verge Get A Life by Marie Jones which toured the UK and Ireland.

He wrote Matchmake Me Do, an adaptation of John B Keane’s  book Letters of a Matchmaker, and  directed a production which premiered in the Town Hall Theatre in Galway followed by a long Dublin run in the Tivoli. He served for six years on the board of Red Kettle Theatre in Waterford, for whom he directed Deathtrap by Ira Levin starring the Hollywood actor Keir Dullea. He has directed four short films all based on Plato’s Socratic dialogues.



About Civic Theatre

The Civic Theatre's Mission is to mount an artistic and challenging programme of contemporary and classical Irish and international work in Theatre, Dance, Opera and Music for the community of South Dublin county and environs. History The Civic Theatre, opened in March 1999, a project of South Dublin County Council and also grant aided by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands. The first production at The Civic Theatre Tallaght was Howie the Rookie by Mark O'Rowe, directed by Mike Bradwell and starring Aidan Kelly and Karl Shiels. It opened on the 23rd March 1999. Since opening we have developed relationships with most Irish theatre companies and most opera, contemporary dance, ballet and children's theatre companies, developing healthy audiences for these. We are particularly proud of our co-productions – to date we've produced; or co-produced 22 plays, involving new Irish writing. We have hosted wonderful international productions, fantastic local work, and we have had some terrific nights of music on stage at the Civic.
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