Oscar nominated actor Sir Tom Courtenay to appear at The Source

Sir Tom Courtenay

It is a real coup for Thurles to have Tom Courtenay on the stage of The Source Arts Centre on Tuesday 8th February with his funny and evocative show about the life of poet, Philip Larkin. Tom has had a fantastic career, both on stage and screen and has starred in many great milestones of cinema. His career began in the 1960’s when he was in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Billy Liar. He was also in David Lean’s Dr. Zhivago playing the part of the idealistic Pasha. For most of the seventies Tom followed his passion for the theatre and played many classic roles. In the eighties he returned to the big screen when he starred alongside Albert Finney in The Dresser. He was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the hard done by assistant dealing with an overbearing alcoholic actor. Tom continues to appear on the stage, television and in cinema; recently he was in The Golden Compass playing alongside Nichole Kidman and Daniel Craig.

Pretending To Be Me sees him take on the part of Philip Larkin, one of Britain’s most well known post war poets. Famous for his outright opinions and eccentricity, he once remarked that he would not do lecture tours of universities and other institutions as he would only be going around “pretending to be me”. The show shows Larkin in the process of moving house, surrounded by all the memories of his life. This funny yet poignant show gives us a view of the world through the eyes of a very unique personality.

Pretending To Be Me is at The Source Arts Centre on Tuesday 8th February at 8pm Tickets €25 / €23 concession. For Bookings please call the Box Office on 0504 90204 or log on to www.thesourceartscentre.ie

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