'I'm all about getting people into the theatre who have never been there'

Actor and writer Emmet Kirwan has had a successful year with the film adaptation of Dublin Oldschool, which was featured at the London Film Festival last month.

The play on which the film was based is now returning to Project Arts Centre this December.

It follows the story of a DJ who goes out on a Bank Holiday weekend and bumps into his estranged brother, a heroin addict whom he hasn't seen in three years.

Emmet describes the play as "fast-moving, funny and poetic" and says it is like a cross between a stand-up gig, a hip hop gig and a poetry gig.

Comparing theatre and film, he says: "I prefer the immediacy of stage, but the ability for people to consume it is limited."

"You can only do the play to 200 people a night, but you're in control of the jokes and the speed of it, whereas in film you have to give over so much power to everybody else."

The story is based on Emmet's relationship with his own brother: "It's an extrapolation of what might have happened if our lives had gone a different way."

Emmet started out with Dublin Youth Theatre before studying acting at Trinity College, where his interest in literature grew.

He became familiar with the process of writing scripts, and after noticing that there was a shortage of contemporary plays for him to perform in, he decided to write some himself.

He feels strongly about attracting new audiences to the theatre.

"I think people feel that theatre is a place they can't go or they're not welcome there, so I'm all about getting people into the theatre who have never been there."

Dublin Oldschool runs at Project Arts Centre from 11-22 December. Tickets are still available for the second week —visit projectartscentre.ie

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