Shane Casey from Young Offenders to perform own play Wet Paint in The Source Thurles

Having won the hearts of audiences in The Young Offenders, Shane Casey is set to perform in his self-penned play inspired by his time as a tradesman ‘Wet Paint’.


Casey’s presence as the simultaneously menacing and hilarious Billy Murphy in The Young Offenders is one of the undisputed highlights of Peter Foott’s hit film and TV series. It was the final episode of the TV show, with the famous bus hijacking scene featuring a singalong to The Frank and Walters’ ‘After All’, that really shone a spotlight on Shane Casey and now everyone knows who Billy Murphy is.

Shane Casey from Young Offenders to perform own play Wet Paint in The Source Thurles

Wet Paint
Picture: Miki Barlok

Picture the scene…It’s 2005 and the country is booming. Jambons are selling at an all-time high at €2. That blind opera singer guy is coming to Ireland for a special concert in Cork and tickets are impossible to find. Tony has a fresh tan from the Canaries; Pa is wondering how Liverpool will get on in the Champion’s League and Barry’s got a secret. Sound familiar?


Wet Paint features co-stars Michael Sands and Tommy Harris and is directed by Pat Talbot. It’s a comedy play that depicts a day-in-the-life of two painter/decorators and their boss during the Celtic Tiger era, when anything was possible…at least inside your head. For Casey, it is a study of Irish masculinity in all its glory and vulnerability as well as a commentary on class.


Wet Paint

The Source Arts Centre Thurles

Saturday 26 October 8pm

Tickets €18/15 conc.

Box Office 0504 90204

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