Stephen Rea talks about playing Oscar Wilde in the play 'Saint Oscar'.
Stephen Rea in character as Oscar Wilde has a chat with Shay Healy at the Nighthawks diner. Currently appearing in Terry Eagleton’s play ‘Saint Oscar’, he has discovered things about one of the greatest Irishmen that he never knew. Wilde’s lesser-known writing for one, but also,
Being gay, being Irish, inventing his own life as he went along, reinventing language for himself...it was a very political life.
As the Field Day Theatre Company tours Ireland with lesser-known plays, was Stephen Rea concerned about audience reaction to this one? Initially he thought some of the language would upset the odd nun or priest but this was not the case at all. In fact,
It’s always just the small-minded people who are upset.
Although it was renowned actor Micheál MacLiammóir who brought Oscar Wilde to the stage in former years, Stephen Rea felt that Terry Eagleton’s work would not impinge on what had gone before,
The play is greater than the actor, and you’ve gotta serve that play, I think.
Primarily known for his stage work here Stephen Rea would like to do film work also. Acting on stage is comparable to a boxing match as,
You stand up and get thumped every night.
'Nighthawks' was a programme that was set in a bar/cafe where the presenter Shay Healy was also the proprietor. The content was a mixture of comedy sketches, interviews, music performances and music videos.
'Nighthawks' was broadcast between 1988 and 1992 and went out three nights a week.
This episode of ‘Nighthawks’ was broadcast on 7 November 1989. The presenter is Shay Healy.