New Irish Theatre - The Life and Soul

Date: February 22, 2017

Doors: 19:45

Venue: London Irish Centre

Price: £12/10


Jim’s always been a bit of a character, just like his Dad, and spends most of his life between the bookies, the pub and the football. He’s always had this lingering feeling though that he doesn’t quite fit into this world, that there’s something different about him, something wrong…

Jim’s never told his story to anyone before, but tonight he’s going to tell it to you.


Written by Chris O’Connor

Director: Rod Dixon 

Producer: Jen Sullivan

Cast: Simon James Bailie

Chris O’Connor – Writer

Chris is a Leeds based writer who writes for stage, television, radio and film. His work has been produced for The Lyric Theatre, the Southwark Playhouse, the Park Theatre and BBC Radio 4 amongst various other venues and platforms. His writing tends to focus on unheard voices and he has a keen interest in the stories and characters that inhabit places like pubs and betting shops, both fascinating melting pots of drama. He likes to write stories that can challenge opinions, make people see things differently and show a world people might not have seen before - and if he can make people laugh on the way then everyone’s a winner.


Simon James Bailie – Performer

Simon trained at Rose Bruford. Recent new writing credits include the critically acclaimed STATELESS with Kali Theatre Company at Tristan Bates Theatre, KISSING GHOSTS & OFFICE POLITICS both at Theatre503 and MAN IN THE MOON for The Miniaturists at Arcola Theatre. Other recent credits include Macduff in MACBETH, to add to several other Shakespeare roles including; Tranio (THE TAMING OF THE SHREW), Ferdinand (THE TEMPEST) and Romeo (ROMEO & JULIET.) Simon has also recently collaborated, and played the role of Sean, on the Buglight Theatre Company R&D process of MARCHING ON EMBERS, also written by Chris O'Connor & directed by Rod Dixon.


Jen Sullivan - Producer

Jen Sullivan is a freelance Producer who works with a number of artists across the UK as well as with Red Ladder Theatre Company on their Northern Social Circuit Tour. She has commissioned work for festivals, venues, local authorities and non-arts organisations amongst others from huge open-air events to small gallery installations in a public library.



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