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Interview with Ciaran Kellgren 2009

Ciaran Kellgren

After costing £3 million, Peter Pan flies in to Liverpool for Twopence.

Direct from his critically acclaimed West End success as Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Liverpool actor Ciaran Kellgren is coming home to join the cast of Twopence to Cross the Mersey when the smash hit musical play returns to the Empire Theatre in Liverpool this October. 

The former Shameless star cannot wait to get started, citing the opportunity to perform with a cast he knows so well and in a city theatre with which he’s so familiar as just two of the reasons why he’s so keen.  ‘I got a phone call from Rob Fennah who adapted Helen Forrester’s book and whose company, Pulse Records and Productions Ltd, produces the show asking if I was up for it. Having seen it a few times before, I didn’t need a lot of persuading and when Rob said who else was playing it was a definite yes.  I played alongside Mark Monaghan last year in Eric’s at The Everyman and had such a great time. Then there’s the chance to work with Merseyside legend, Pauline Daniels plus I get to perform on stage for the first time at The Empire.  It’s going to be great to get back home, get some home cooking in from Mum, and then get straight back into rehearsals once my run with Peter Pan ends.’

There’s also another reason why Ciaran is keen to be a part of this new production. ‘My Dad, Ian, directs Twopence so working with him for the first time since I was nine years old will be something special. After our time in A Christmas Carol, he’s always sworn he’d never work with me again but I think Rob Fennah twisted his arm. Now neither of us can wait to get started,’ the actor laughed.

Playing Peter in the £3 million production that has seen its run extended until 13 September has, Ciaran says, been a fantastic experience.  ‘Pan is a tremendous show with lots of special effects for everyone to enjoy, but there’s also a lot pressure involved as well.  Working for nine weeks straight in the West End when so much money has been invested make the demands pretty tough.  I’ve loved every minute of it, don’t get me wrong, and as can be seen by the extension, so have the audiences which is the main thing, but it’ll be nice working at home for a month or so, with my family and friends near by.’

In its short life (thirty six shows) Twopence to Cross the Mersey, which chronicles the author’s early life during The Great Depression,  has already taken an astonishing £1.5 million pounds at the box office and has been critically acclaimed by all those who have seen it. With Helen Forrester’s readership breaking into the multi-millions both nationally and worldwide, the producers are hoping to put together a tour of the UK and Ireland.

Rob Fennah explained, ‘We will be inviting producers who specialise in touring to come and take a look at Twopence when it opens at The Empire. Given Helen Forrester’s massive readership we are hoping one of them will see its potential as a touring production and join forces with us to make it happen.”

Twopence to Cross the Mersey opens at the Empire Theatre Liverpool from 6th – 17th 2009.

Parts of this interview have, or will, appear in other publications and in other formats.

 

 

  
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