‘For Love’ a hit for Duddy and Derry

Jo Kinsella, Georgina McKevitt, John Duddy and laoisa Sexton pictured at pre show rehearsals at the Playhouse. (1104SL40) Photo: Stephen Latimer
Jo Kinsella, Georgina McKevitt, John Duddy and laoisa Sexton pictured at pre show rehearsals at the Playhouse. (1104SL40) Photo: Stephen Latimer

John Duddy may have hung up his boxing gloves, but judging by the crowds filling the Playhouse this week, his latest performance in US hit play ‘For Love’ certainly packs a punch!

Written by Laoisa Sexton, ‘For Love’ wowed audiences in New York City before its European debut here in Derry. The dark blue comedy continues in the Artillery Street venue both tonight and tomorrow night, with an extra matinee performance also taking place at 3pm tomorrow.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’, John Duddy reflected on his huge career change and being back in his hometown.

“The opening night went really well, which is amazing as it was a huge challenge to get everything ready in one day,” the 33 year-old Galliagh man said. “But we had a great crowd on Monday and Tuesday nights, it was unbelievable, and everyone seemed to really enjoy it.”

‘For Love’ is a relentless ride that takes us on a romp through the urban sexual experiences of three women in modern day central Dublin. Since it first took to the stage at the 1st Irish Theatre festival last September, the play has defied all expectation. Duddy is delighted to bring it home. “It’s brilliant because I don’t know who is coming every night and there have been so many familiar faces! Seeing my family, friends, aunts, uncles and Grainne’s family all there - it’s been amazing! I’m delighted that so many people have taken the time to see the show.”

Asked whether its been an easy transition, Duddy says: “The boxing is over. I’m really enjoying acting and it’s great that I’m so busy and involved in something. To be honest, I think the boxing profession has helped me in a way with my acting. It has opened all sorts of doors for me.”

Contact the Playhouse Box Office at: 71 268027 or: www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.