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About the Performer

Born in Dublin, Niall has worked extensively on the stage and screen in Ireland, the UK and the USA. He is known for roles including the lead in Brian Friel’s Uncle Vanya, for which he won an Irish Times Theatre Award and Dead Funny for which he won an Olivier Award. Some of his other stage and screen credits include, Mamma Mia, Father Ted, On Blueberry Hill, and Translations.

About the Performer

A native of Dublin, David trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College.
Theatre Credits: Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Filter Theatre, Willy in Aristocrats at The Donmar Warehouse, Mr. Burke in Girl From The North Country, PJ in On Blueberry Hill at Trafalgar Studios, 59E59 Theater, New York and The Dublin Theatre Festival, The Narrator in Once at the Olympia Theatre Dublin The Velveteen Rabbit at The Unicorn Theatre, London, Valene in Lonesome West at The Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Fluther in The Plough & The Stars at The Abbey Theatre Dublin and US and Irish Tour, Seamus in Shadow Of A Gunman at Abbey Theatre, Dublin and The Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Burbage in Shakespeare In Love at Noel Coward Theatre, Mac the Knife in The Threepenny Opera at Gate Theatre, Dublin, Kent in King Lear, Theatre Royal Bath. Lumpy in Drum Belly at Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ugger in Cinderella at Lyric Hammersmith, Banquo in Macbeth at The Sheffield Crucible, Lennie in Of Mice & Men at The Watermill, Newbury, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, Pato in Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Young Vic, Amos in Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre London, Brendan in The Weir at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Peter Hall’s production of Uncle Vanya, The Cavalcaders at the Abbey Theatre Dublin, The Wizard of Oz for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Field for the Tricycle Theatre, Bedtime Story and The End Of The Beginning for the Union Theatre/ Young Vic, Brian Friel’s Translations for the National Theatre, Hamlet for the Theatre Royal Northampton, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme for the Abbey Theatre Dublin, Americans and The Quare Fellow Oxford Stage Company Tour and The Tricycle Theatre, John Bull’s Other Island for The Tricycle Theatre and The Weir and Waiting For Godot at the Theatre Royal, Northampton. He also played Dave in the award winning musical The Full Monty, directed by Jack O’Brien at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, The Contractor for the Oxford Stage Company directed by Sean Holmes and Billy Roche’s The Cavalcaders at The Tricycle Theatre directed by Robin Lefevre. Prior to this he played the leading role of Matthew Mugg in Stephen Pimlott’s production of Doctor Dolittle.
David created the role of Father Welsh in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West, part of The Leenane Trilogy directed by Garry Hynes (Druid Theatre, The Royal Court, Sydney Festival and the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway), Russian Tales with the Meridian Theatre Company in Ireland, The Talented Mr. Ripley (Watford), Amphibians (YMCA, Wexford) Dancing At Lughnasa (Salisbury Playhouse), The Cavalcaders (Meridian Theatre Company) Shoot The Crow and Summerhouse (Druid Theatre) The Merchant Of Venice (Lyric, B Belfast), Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Abbey Theatre) The Risen People and The Snow Queen (Gaiety, Dublin), The Plough & The Stars (Second Age), Sexual Perversity In Chicago (TCD), Grease, The Sound Of Music and The Wizard Of Oz (Olympia, Dublin), Extremities (Andrews Lane), Carousel (Tivoli Theatre), Lunch With Mr. Bloom (Dublin Castle), F! (Dublin and Belfast Theatre Festivals).
Film & TV includes: Silent Witness (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Citizen Charlie (RTE), Sunset Song directed by Terence Davies, Body Of Lies directed by Ridley Scott, Hippie Hippie Shake directed by Beeban Kidron, Dorothy Mills, Widows’ Peak, Space Truckers, Upwardly Mobile, Doctors.

Critic Reviews

“Steeped in a luminous wonder that makes you want to weep for what you take for granted in your daily existence.” (The New York Times)

“Full of warm wit and language you want to luxuriate in, it features two brilliant performances.” (The Standard)

“Ganly and Buggy movingly investigate the events that brought their characters together, their respective monologues beautifully shaped, mesmerizing, and mysterious.” (The New Yorker)

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enjoyable listening

enjoyable listen. easy to follow while cooking or during household activities. I recommend taking the time to listen to list book.

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Crime and Punishment set in Ireland

A story of love, hatred, betrayal, revenge, forgiveness and redemption. A deep look into Man’s heart in all its horror and glory.

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Multi-layered emotional listening.

The Irish brogue was difficult at 1st, but then the story of love, hatred, homophobia , revenge, and acceptance is staggering

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Very good!

Wasn't too sure what I was getting into with this story but I'm so glad I listened! Very different story, excellent narration..... would love to see the play!
Give it a go... you'll enjoy!

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Sad, twisted, but a Great story!

I must confess that I had a bit of trouble understanding the narrator's accent (Irish) at the beginning, but once I got use to it, was easy. It is a sad and bizarre story, quite plausible, I didn't know what was about so I had no expectancies to begin with, it turned out to be surprisingly intriguing, with such twists, definitely surprised me. I loved it!

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what are you joy

delightful, shocking in a way that turns to laughter, ,as, I suppose, only the Irish can do it. I want a pint,. I want to share this with my friend s.

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Tears with laughter

Somehow Barry manages to entice the deepest emotions - this astonishing paradoxical combination of the worst and murderous in us, alongside the kindest.

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Wow.

One of the best short stories ever. Amazingly performed. Thank you for this heartfelt experience!

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Magic and transcendence

Irish storytelling bringing to life the agonizing paradoxes of life and love. The performances are 1st rate.

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Powerful

Beautiful Irish tragedy! A moving and thought-provoking piece of theatre. I thoroughly enjoy it.

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  • 12-22-21

Typical, delightful Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry has a talent for narrating the redemption of the human soul, Quite unlike anyone i have read to date. The takeaways are a feeling of lightness, that everything will be ok and if you stray to far, there is always a way back if you are willing to seek it out. Bravo, just like the time before and, the time before that…

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  • 11-03-21

Brutally Lyrical

A classic tale of life happening to you while you were busy making other plans. Aside from the unbelievable pairing of the two protagonists sharing a cell together it is an entertaining invitation to consider the nature of life, love, loss and the unfathomable forces that drive us.

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  • 09-08-21

Absolutely brilliant!

I accidentally downloaded this so had a tentative listen. Unexpected storyline, both tragic and comical at times. Like all good stories, it had me laughing out loud at the start (walking in public-still couldn’t help laughing like a loon), close to tears at the end, and shook with horror at times. GREAT performances. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • 04-01-21

excellent

Really great story, and sensitive, natural performances. Slight editing error where two takes of the same passage have been included.

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  • 05-13-22

An engaging story, creatively told.

An unpredictable story told by two talented actors. The humour lifts the subject matter which could otherwise have been challenging. The pace is great and it was difficult to switch off- if I'd had the time I would've listened in one go. I'll definitely come back to listen to this a few times.

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  • 05-07-22

Wow!!

What a story , so powerful
An amazing experience so well performed by Niall Buggy & David Ganly
Highly recommended

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  • 04-28-22

Brilliant, thought provoking play.

I listened to this because of the great reviews and was not disappointed. The story of two very different men. Their lives cross due their own terrible thoughtless actions and they meet in prison . The empty sadness and despair caused by their actions and the ultimate bond created was brilliantly portrayed and the ending was excellent . I’ll look out for this at the theatre .

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  • 04-20-22

Brilliant just brilliant

Sebastian Barry is a genius, the story superbly devised and constructed and keeps you riveted. Fantastically performed.

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  • 04-13-22

Fabulous sad wonderful

What a find this was, wonderful discrimination of forgiveness and love. Enjoyed every minute of it

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  • ADEVINE Property Services
  • 03-22-22

Brilliant

Great play, fabulous actors. A really great listen, I couldn't recommend it more... wonderful proformance