Drawing: Brian Gleeson in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Irishman Brian Gleeson, together with father Brendan and older brother Domhnall form a formidable family trio of actors. Since starting his career in 2006 alongside his father in John Boorman’s THE TIGER’S TAIL, Brian has balanced his work between stage and screen. All three actually appeared on the Dublin boards together for four weeks in Enda Walsh’s THE WALWORTH FARCE in 2015.

He is currently playing Brick’s (Jack O’Connell) conspirational brother Gooper in the Young Vic’s West End revival of Tennessee William’s CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at the Apollo, where he signed my sketch for me last week.

Drawing: The Night Alive starring Ciaran Hinds, Brian Gleeson, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Michael McElhatton and Jim Norton

The Night Alive

THE NIGHT ALIVE is Dublin playwright Conor McPherson’s latest play. After a short run at the Donmar Warehouse in London, (June/July 2013) it transferred to the Linda Gross Theatre in New York, where it is currently playing with the season extended till February.

It revolves around a motley collection of losers, living hand-to-mouth in a trapped existence. Despite its particular Irish setting and vernacular, the play has a universality, common in most of Conor’s work, concerning the loss and redemption among inarticulate people who don’t have the emotional grammar to express themselves.

An excellent cast of 5: Ciaran Hinds, Brian Gleeson, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Michael McElhatton and Jim Norton all came out at the same time of the Donmar on a balmy (and blarney) July evening. Inevitably, I was going to miss one or two as they all quickly headed to the local to quench their thirsts on such a warm night. Hopefully some of the others gathered to garner a graph would delay them long enough for me to sift around all five. I missed one – Brian, mainly because I didn’t recognise him. But I did get him the following evening.

Michael signed for me the previous night, but he didn’t dedicate,so after I recognised and got Brian I asked Michael to sign ‘To Mark’ – he started to sign his name again,then realised it was already there,hence the ‘Michael M’ added to his script on the lower right – five and a half sigs over two nights – not bad!