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Kevin Kennedy

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Kevin Kennedy

"Kevin trained at Manchester Polytechnic's School of Theatre. His professional debut was at the Greenwich Theatre in 1982. His theatre work includes, in the west end, Idle Hands, Shaw theatre; Ducking Out, Duke of York's; and most recently as
'amos' in Chicago at the Adelphi. Other theatre works includes, Just Between Ourselves theatre royal windsor; and national tours of No Sex Please We're British; The Rocky Horror Show and a long stint as the child catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on tour.

Kevin most recently played Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Singapore tour becoming the first actor to have played both Caractacus Potts and the child catcher. Kevin has enjoyed a successful musical career starting as the bass player with the now legendary Smiths, later going on to form his own band Bunch of Thieves. Finally after being signed by Simon Cowell to BMG records he went on to lead a successful tour of New Zealand and the gold selling album Present Kennedy. Kevin is currently signed to Warner Brothers. Kevin's television work includes The Last Company Car for Stephen Friers, Keep on Running on BBC. He recently made a guest appearance on Blue Murder with Caroline Quentin, and as 'Mick Carter' in Doctors. Kevin filmed two series of Kevin's Spanish Capers which he wrote and presented. Kevin is probably best known for his portrayal of 'sex symbol' 'Curly Watts' in Coronation Street'. REF:- Neil Reading PR

Tell me about your character Pop?
Pop is one of the oldest characters in the show and he is very much a Ben Elton creation. He has the secret to Rock n' Roll. The show is set in the future and all music and instruments have been banned and all the music is downloaded directly into the pupils heads and he is the only who knows what it is really like. He knows the secret to rock n' roll and he hides it up his bum. He is then put into a prison for 55 years of solitary confinement. Eventually the hero's of the piece find him and he is happy to tell them about the rock n' roll days.

As a child were you always singing - was singing your first love or was acting?
I loved to sing - I was the first bass player in The Smiths, I sang in an Irish showband for a number of years and then I was signed by Simon Cowell. I had a single out which was banned by BBC - which I am enormously proud of - then I had an album out which went gold. Then after that I performed in musical theatre. My first part was in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is my sixth musical and I am the only actor to have played the child catcher and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

I have done straight theatre; I have made a documentary for Sky. I have done so much and also during that time I have had two children aged 6 and 3.

For me coming to Dublin and performing something this big is a great privilege to me. All my family are from here - and 35 family members are coming on the opening night. I have performed with my band here before but nothing this big. I feel very at home in Ireland.

Is it nerve wracking performing in front of members of Queen and Ben Elton?
It was nerve wracking in the audition and it was even worse when Ben Elton said that there are very few actors that can pull this part off. It is also very gratifying to hear Ben say that I have performed the part the best he has seen.

Do you have a favourite part in the musical?
I sing a great song 'The Days of Our Lives'. I open up the play and then disappear as I'm in prison and then I come back and I give 40 minutes of the longest speech in theatrical history.

We had Brenda and Jonathan on the show in November - how do you find working with them?
I have known Jon for a long time and he is so much fun. We have all been together for a year and this is our final stop. Brenda is amazing and she was born to play that part.

Was it hard to shake off the character Curly?
Yes in certain ways but to be honest it opened so many doors.

Is the door still open for you to return and would you?
Yes, I would love to go back and with it's 50th year it would be great. I'm so proud of the work I did there.

What's next after the We Will Rock You?
There's a book coming out about my 20 years in Coronation Street and about what I have been up to since that.

'We Will Rock you Tour Comes to Dublin'

"The sensational smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton, "We Will Rock You" is set to rock into Dublin's O2 from 20th to 31st January 2010.

After its huge West End success, the musical has embarked on a tour of six-cities visiting Sunderland, Birmingham and Bristol as well as a mammoth 12-week run in Manchester. The tour, which is currently in Bristol heads to the Edinburgh Playhouse on 4th November before finishing its sensational run in Dublin.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 25th September at 9am and can be brought from the website www.theo2.ie or by phoning 0818 719 300.

Actor and musician, Jonathan Wilkes plays the role of 'Khashoggi', the Chief of the Secret Police who answers to Killer Queen's every command, whilst former Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy plays 'Pop', a librarian who is stuck in his 'hippie' past and is searching to find answers to the end of rock music. X Factor star Brenda Edwards plays the domineering role of 'Killer Queen', Head of Globalsoft, the corporation responsible for the banning of all instruments and musical originality. TV star Georgina Hagen plays 'Meat', the main female of the Bohemians and 'I'd Do Anything' reality contestant Ashley Russell, plays the 'Teacher', who befriends students whilst actually working as a spy for Globalsoft's Secret Police.

The London production alone has been seen by more than four million people, played over 2300 performances, and grossed more than £100 million at the box office.

On announcing the Dublin shows, Queen's Brian May said: "We are excited to be able, finally, to send a brand new top class WWRY company out on tour to Ireland. We are completely hands on, and will be visiting! The Mother Ship, in the Dominion Theatre, London, will be rockin' on all the while, keeping the home fires burning, until further notice!"

We Will Rock You is well on the way to becoming one of the most successful rock musicals ever.


Show Dates & Additional Information:

. Venue: Dublin O2

. Dates: Wednesday 20th January 2010 - Sunday 31st January 2010

. Performances: Wednesday to Sunday 7:30pm, Saturday 2:30pm and Sunday 2pm

. Press Night: Thursday 21st January

. Ticket Price: 40.00 - 55.00 Euros

. Telephone: 0818 719 300

. www.theo2.ie

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