By Alec McAllister 

With Myles Horgan as ROY 

Dermot Quinn - Set Designer

Dermot is joint Artistic Director of Waterford Spraoi and has worked for over thirteen years as one of the company’s leading Designer/Artists. Appointed Artistic Director in 1998, he has been involved in almost all the company’s productions to date with varying roles including concept, design, direction and performance.

Externally Dermot’s work as a Designer and Artist has included work for amongst others, Red Kettle Theatre Company, Waterford Youth Drama, Drogheda Community Arts Forum, Lane Productions and Garter lane.

Most recent productions include, “CARNIVOROUS” (Spraoi, St Patrick’s Festival 2007) “IN TO THE WOODS” (Imagine Theatre, 2006) ,“THE SALVAGE SHOP” (Garterlane Arts centre) “WARRRGH” (Spraoi Festival 2006),  “TOSCA” (in association with The Theatre Royal),  “AWAKENING”(opening ceremony for CORK 2005 Capital of Culture). 

Myles Horgan was born in Cork and has a diploma in theatre & drama studies from the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College, Dublin.

Television & film appearances include Waking the Dead (BBC), The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Directed by Ken Loach and winner of Palme D’or award at Cannes Film Festival 2006), Fair City (RTE), Custer’s Last Stand Up (BBC), When Brendan Met Trudy (Collins Ave Films), The Last September (Deborah Warner, Director) and many short films.

Myles most recent role was “Barry Lacey”, working alongside Michael Madsen in Strength & Honour (Maron Pictures).

Theatre credits are Shakers & Little Shop of Horrors (Cork Opera House), Madam T (Meridian), The Good Thief, The Glass Menagerie, Animal Farm (Everyman Palace), Bouncers (National Tour), All Mixed Up, Phaedra’s Love, A Christmas Carol (Corcadorca), What When (The Granary), Reflex (Andrews Lane Studio), Rum & Vodka (Andrews Lane/Tour), In The Nun’s Wood (Fishamble), Maze of Power (Graffiti/National Tour), A Clockwork Orange (Sir Henry’s), The Gingerale Boy (National Tour), Beowulf (Lombard Studios). 

So who is Roy Keane?

This new play imagines the world as viewed through the eyes of Irelands most controversial sports figure. Set during Christmas 2005 just prior to his move to Celtic, Keane is living at the centre of a myth, attempting to deflect the 

excesses of adulation and hatred,while displaying an engaging humanity and uncertainty coupled with wry detachment and brutal self awareness.

Alec McAllister is a native of Waterford who has written for The Sunday Tribune & The Irish Times. He was twice shortlisted for The Hennessy Cognac New Irish Writing Award for Fiction. This is his first piece for theatre.

Previously he has worked backstage with Edmund Rice Choral Society, De La Salle Musical Society, Stagefright, Premier Productions and Red Kettle. He decided to write a play about football when he finally realised

he was much better at juggling words than juggling a ball.

To put anything on the stage is an act of imagination and with this play I have tried to imagine what it is like to be Roy Keane and to bring the audience into that place. Whats it like to be adored by some and hated by others?

How do you live with it and shelter yourself and your family from the excess of both camps?

Everyone knows the Roy Keane story, but whats it like to be the Roy Keane story. There are some ficititious elements. For instance I have no reason to believe that Mossie is anything other an excellent photographer.

Nor was I sitting beside Roy when he watched the World Cup at home.

No other figure in modern Irish life has commanded as much attention and speculation as Keane. Central to this fascination is Keanes reserve and his ability to deflect all attempts at penetrating that reserve.

In the end all we can do is wonder and imagine.

Alec Mc Allister  (Author)

Alec McAllister is a native of Waterford who has written for The Sunday Tribune & The Irish Times. He was twice shortlisted for The Hennessy Cognac New Irish Writing Award. This is his first work for theatre.