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Who needs to know...?

Updated: Feb 2

In 2022 we ask our visiting artists to tell us a little bit about themselves. we hope that these short questionnaires will reveal something that you didn't know or expect about them.


First in the series comes Kevin Lawlor-Fitzpatrick A.K.A The Bird in the upcoming Fourth Wall Theatre production of The Field (directed by David Corri).




Q- Tell us about yourself

A- Fourth Wall production was launched in 2016 by passionate amateurs (but very talented) actors from county Laois. The Field will be our 4th production together.


Q- What will you play on stage in Birr

A- The Field is an excellent play from John B. Keane. We are all great fans of his writing and love the pace and wit of his beautifully observed dialogue. The stage production of the play is quite different from the film that everybody knows. Some of the characters are different, others don't appear, and of course there will be no cattle being run over any cliff!!!


Q- Who is your biggest influence (in life / on stage)?

A- I have to say my parents, they took me to local plays from a young age and have always encouraged me.


Q- Describe yourself as a 10-year-old.

A- I was very quiet, very shy. It took a while to get out of my shell.


Q- What’s your best onstage memory?

A- I loved appearing in "The Kings of the Kilburn High Road" a play by Jimmy Murphy. There is a line I had to give where I'd stagger around the stage and call out to Bridie for another drink. That always got applause and nothing beats that feeling.


Q- What’s your worst on stage memory?

A- I don't think I have any bad memory on stage. There is always that moment when someone forgets a line, especially during a panto, but the rest of the cast is always there to help you out.

It always works out alright in the end.


Q- Where are you at your happiest?

A- There isn't a particular place, as long as I enjoy myself with other people, I am the happiest!


Q- What’s your favourite colour?

A- Blue, or yellow, but certainly not green.


Q- What’s the last book you enjoyed?

A- The Field by John B. Keane... I've spent a lot of time with it lately.


Q- What’s the last film / play you enjoyed?

A- 2 movies come to mind : Michael Collins and The Little People


Q- Whats your favourite song of all times?

A- Time To Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. i'd have it played at my funeral, it would bring tears to a glass eye!


You can see Kevin as "The Bird" in John B. Keane's The Field on stage in Birr Theatre & Arts Centre this coming Saturday (February 5th).


Tickets available at our box office (057 9122911) or ONLINE

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