Archive for 7th September 2017

The Girl gets rave reviews

The DVD cover for Girl from the North CountryIf you happen to be in London before October 7, Girl from the North Country is something you must not miss. First of all, because the despair and loneliness that permeate the whole story are wonderfully mirrored by the well-chosen melodies of Bob Dylan, heartbreakingly rendered by the cast. Second, because Ciarán and Jim Norton are in a play by Conor McPherson.

Although he is the only one not to sing, dignified in his stoic acceptance of his bleak propects, Ciarán’s Nick exhibits an outstanding presence, especially when he towers over Shirley Henderson’s unsettling frailty.

Neither a musical, nor a “juke-box” play, McPherson’s work is beautiful and clever, and don’t be ashamed, if, when the lights fade out, you feel tears running down your cheeks.

A full cast recording of the play will be released on 29 September.

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Ciarán on stage next Summer

Ciarán will be back in London next Summer for Conor McPherson’s new play Girl From the North Country.

Set during the Great Depression, in Duluth Minnesota, Girl From the North Country will have its world premiere at the Old Vic Theatre on July 26th. Directed by the author, the production will feature music and lyrics by Bob Dylan.

“I’m mixing songs together – it starts as one song and turns into another halfway through. And because the lyrics are real writing, real poetry, they have that ambiguity that almost anybody can say them and it means something. So you have got this tremendous freedom with the songs,” McPherson says of using Dylan lyrics in his work.

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Ciarán will speak Russian again

Ciarán will play the director of a Russian spy agency in Red Sparrow, a thriller directed by Francis Lawrence, expected in the theaters on November 10.

Based on Jason Matthews’ espionage novel, Red Sparrow tells the story of Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova, who is drafted against her will to become a Sparrow, a trained seductress. She is assigned to operate against a CIA officer who handles the agency’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence, and falls for him, to the point of considering defection.

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Ciarán plays the villain in upcoming Justice League

The archvillainCiarán has been cast as Steppenwolf in the next DC Extended Universe superhero movie Justice League, alongside Ben Affleck.

Justice League is the big screen adaptation of DC Comics’ iconic superhero team. Henry Cavill returns as Superman, joined by Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Justice League is scheduled for a November 17th, 2017 release, with a sequel to follow on June 14th, 2019.

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