Rehearsals have started this week for A Streetcar Named Desire so we wanted to give you a quick look at the talented bunch of actors that will be bringing it to life on stage this May.
Christopher Grant – Multi-role
Christopher is a graduate of the Lyric’s Drama Studio which nurtures young local talent. He made his professional debut with the Lyric for Grimes and McKee’s Sunday Service in 2016 and 2017, performed as part of the Lyric 50th Celebration and has had success in theatre and on screen including Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, CLOSER and Dancing at the Disco at the end of the World (Replay Theatre Company), About Time and Operation Elsewhere (Big Telly Theatre Company), MojoMickybo (Bedlam Theatre Company). He has just finished A Queer Ceili at the Marty Forsythe with Kabosh Theatre Company.
You may also recognise him as the voice of CoolDrive and Axa Insurance alongside many other adverts for CoolFM and QRadio.
Mark Huberman – Stanley Kowalski
Mark has most recently been nominated for the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tomas in Shelter by Cristín Kehoe, directed by Oonagh Murphy for Druid Theatre Co. at the 2018 Galway International Arts Festival.
On screen he most recently filmed the role of Greg in Finding Joy for RTÉ, and the feature film The Turning directed by Flora SIgismondi for Amblin Entertainment. Other selected credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolffe directed by David Grindley, a leading role as George Gavan Duffy alongside Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in the TV drama Trial of the Century; the role of Larry opposite Seána Kerslake in A Long Shot directed by Andrew Jordan; History Channel’s Vikings; his role as Lester Hashey in Band of Brothers directed by Tom Hanks, Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy, and When Harvey Met Bob directed by Nick Renton.
Sean Kearns – Steve Hubbell
Sean is a regular at the Lyric Theatre with productions including Weddins Weans and Wakes, The Crucible, As The Beast Sleeps, Of Mice and Men, The Importance of Being Earnest, Comedians, Oliver, The Sound Of Music, Annie, and Orphans. Other theatre credits include The Last Ship (UK and Irish Tour) The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre) Wicked (Apollo Victoria) The Commitments (Palace Theatre) Billy Elliot the Musical (Victoria Palace) The Thirty Nine Steps (Criterion Theatre) to name but a few.
You may also recognise him from TV appearances on As the Beast Sleeps, Ballykissangel, Safe And Sound, Children of the North (BBC), The Governor (Samson Films), Extra Extra! (RTE) and The Last Of The Dying Race (UTV/Ch 4); or from his film work including Puckoon (Studio Eight Productions/Bord Scannan na hEirean) Angela’s Ashes (David Brown Prods), Durango (Hallmark Prods)
Julie Maxwell – multi-role
Julie Maxwell is an actress and writer born in North Belfast, she received the Kenneth Brannagh Renaissance Award 2004 and recently the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Artist Award 2016. Julie is a regular at the Lyric and has previously performed in include Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat, Be My Baby, The Miser,The Crucible and Three Sisters and Ladykillers.
Julie has been lucky enough to work with most theatre companies in Northern Ireland and has appeared in BBC NI comedy sketch show Sketchy series 1 & 2. Julie currently stars in BBC1 Soft Border Patrol and BBC Radio 4 Two people shorten the road by Rosemary Jenkinson.
Aoibhéann McCann – Blanche DuBois
Originally from Carlingford, Aoibhéann trained at The Oxford School of Drama. This is her first time performing on the Lyric Theatre stage. Her theatre credits include The Great Gatsby, Assassins (Gate Theatre); Coast, Harder Faster More, Wrapped (Red Bear Productions); Stars in the Morning Sky (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Ourselves Alone (JuSt Theatre, Camden); Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew (Fortune’s Fool/ Iveagh Gardens); Holes (Company of Angels); The Folk Contraption, (Vault Festival, Old Vic); Suddenly Last Summer.
You may also recognise her from her Film and Television roles – Vikings: Season 6 (MGM, History); Can’t Cope Won’t Cope 2, A Terrible Beauty (RTE); The Midnight Court, Cumann na mBan 100 (TG4); Soulsmith (Whim Productions); The Break, Gustav, (Stanley’s Deathpark Productions); Street Spirit, (Bailey Films).
Abigail McGibbon – Eunice Hubbell
Abigail trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin and Abigail is a founding member of The Belfast Ensemble. She won Best Supporting Actress at the 2015 Irish Times Theatre Awards. Another Lyric regular her credits include Lovers: Winners & Losers, Ladykillers, St, Joan, Can’t Forget About You(Tron Theatre, Glasgow), The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet (co production with The Abbey Theatre),Macbeth, A Whistle In The Dark, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, How I Learned To Drive, As The Beast Sleeps(Tricycle, London) Jane Eyre, Death Of A Salesman.
Other theatre credits include work with The Place, London, Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, The Belfast Ensemble, Paines Plough, Oran Mor, Rough Magic Perth Theatre, Ransom Productions and Tinderbox. You may also recognise her from Film & Television including H3, The Attendant, Scot Squad, Necropolis, Mercy.
Seamus O’Hara – Harold ‘Mitch’ Mitchell
You may recognise Seamus from screen credits including HBO’s Game of Thrones and BBC’s My Mother and Other Strangers. Other screen credits include feature films The Truth of Murder and Zoo. Seamus has worked with Northern Ireland Screen in various critically acclaimed short films such as Dinosaurs, The Captors (Six Mill Hill Productions), and Dust (Northern Ireland Screen). He also worked with Oscar winning filmmaker Oorlagh George on Off Sides, a short film / performance installation.
Seamus’ most recent stage work includes Translations at the National Theatre. Other stage work includes The Faerie Thorn (Big Telly), Che Guevara’s Night Off (Brassneck), Mojo Mickyboo (The Lyric, Belfast), The Clearing (The Playhouse, Derry), Dr Faustus (Green Room Productions), Seamus Heaney’s Station Island, and Patrick Kavanagh’s The Great Hunger, both for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
Meghan Tyler – Stella Kowalski
Meghan Tyler is an award-winning actor and writer from Newry who trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2019, Meghan was awarded the Channel 4 Playwrights Bursary with the Traverse Theatre, a New Playwrights Award with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, and was one of the writers on the New Playwrights Programme at the Lyric Theatre in 2018 with her play Crocodile Fever. This however is her first time acting on the Lyric stage.
Her theatre credits include: Pride and Prejudice* *sort of (Blood of the Young, Tron Theatre); Medicine (Off The Middle, The Hope Theatre); King Keich, The Persians, and The Weir Sisters (Oran Mor & The Traverse Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Crucible (Royal Lyceum Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Guildford Shakespeare Company) to name but a few. You may also recognise her from television roles on Shetland (BBC); The Toll (Western Edge Pictures); Everything Will Be Okay (BBC Northern Ireland); and Scot Squad ( BBC).