Kieran Cunningham returns home to remember a ‘laughter legend’

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Saturday, January 21st, 2012
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Kieran Cunningham as Dave Allen

Kieran Cunningham, in conjunction with Newry and Mourne District Council, are proud to present “DAVE” A Journey through life …. and death, the story of Dave Allen the late great Irish comedian, in The Sean Hollywood Arts Centre Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February 2012. “Dave” A Journey through life … and death, places Allen in the tradition of Irish storytellers. Unlike many of his contemporaries Allen preferred to analyse the eccentricities of the Irish and English and to ridicule concepts of religion than to get laughs from stereotypes and casual racism.

Dave Allen looks back on his life as he auditions to enter heaven. It is an effective way of providing detail about the subject and in particular, the origins of Allen’s antagonistic relationship with religion and the source of his anger at the early deaths of his father (himself a raconteur) and his alcoholic brother. Kieran Cunningham is vocally perfect as Allen and replicates his casual approach in relating to the audience. He suggests also a degree of regret and self-disgust, the character recalls how his heavy smoking resulted in the emphysema that made him a virtual recluse towards the end of his life.

Kieran has also starred in recent television productions including Coronation Street, Shameless and Game of Thrones, a HBO Sky Atlantic Series.  To watch Kieran in this magical hour and a fitting tribute to a rare talent, contact The Sean Hollywood Arts Centre on 028 3031 3180.  Ticket prices Adults £8.00 / Concessions £6.00.

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