He has starred in critically acclaimed films, Hollywood blockbusters and in some of the most prestigious television dramas of recent years, including the cultural phenomenon Game of Thrones, but when we meet, Stephen Dillane is very much in unassuming stage actor mode.

He is in Cork to rehearse for How It Is, a production of Samuel Beckett’s little-known 1962 novel. It has been adapted by Gare St Lazare Players, the Irish theatre company who have been to the fore in interpreting and performing the writer’s work for almost two decades.

Dillane is keen to deflect attention to the company’s Cork-born founders, Judy Hegarty Lovett who directs the production, and her husband Conor Lovett, who co-stars with Dillane.

The Irish Examiner

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Posted by:Rhys Tranter

Rhys Tranter is a writer based in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is the author of Beckett's Late Stage (2018), and his work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, and a number of books and periodicals. He holds a BA, MA, and a PhD in English Literature. His website RhysTranter.com is a personal journal offering commentary and analysis across literature, film, music, and the arts.

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