From the Cork Independent: It’s a sort of homecoming for Millstreet native JD Kelleher. He can be currently seen in Red Kettle’s production of Edna O’ Brien’s ‘The Country Girls’, which is playing at Cork Opera House until this Saturday (June 16th). Now based in London for over 20 years, JD is delighted to have the chance to be back in Cork and catch up with old friends and family.
“It’s coming full circle as it all started for me here on the stage of Cork Opera House with the Monforts and Eileen Nolan back when I was in my late teens. Getting the opportunity to be back on one of the greatest stages in the country is truly an honour and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”
JD is no stranger to Ireland as he has been involved in an increasing amount of television work here and readers may recognise him from his appearance as Brendan Fitzgerald, in the TG4 soap opera, ‘Ros na Run.’ His character, Brendan Fitzgerald became the soap villain and he came to a muddy end in one of the soap’s most explosive storylines.
“That was a great training experience for me and I learned a lot about camera technique and moving picture theory. There is such a difference between television and theatre work and they really are two different disciplines.”
As well as Ros Na Run, JD has also appeared in Murphy’s Law with James Nesbitt and Little Britain and the TG4 drama, The Galway Races. As soon as he finishes touring with this production he will begin filming another programme for TG4 where he will play the role of Willy Pearse, brother of Padraig Pearse in a new drama called ‘Seachtar na Cásca’.
In ‘The Country Girls’, a classic coming of age story that scandalised Irish society when it was published in 1960, JD plays the role of ‘Mr Gentleman’, a romantic heroic character who … read the full article in the Cork Independent
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