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Dan Gordon's Frank Carson play returning to Belfast

Fresh from its success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a one-man play about Northern Ireland's best-loved comedian Frank Carson is returning to Belfast next month.

Dan Gordon's Frank Carson: A Rebel Without A Pause will run at the Lyric theatre from November 1-5.

The east Belfast writer has won huge critical acclaim for the show following its turn at the Fringe Festival this summer.

Paul Whitelaw, in his review in The Scotsman, said: "This is a labour of love. Gordon's performance is tremendous.

"He captures Carson's jovial machine-gun stage persona with impressive accuracy - the show is full of gags - while subtly softening his delivery during the off-stage confessionals."

Gordon, 51, decided to write the play after being approached by Tony Carson, Frank’s son, after a performance of Dan’s acclaimed play The Boat Factory in London. 

The show is the culmination of three years of research, during which he was given access to Carson family archives as well as notes and tapes left by the comedian.

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Frank Carson

The play charts Frank’s tough upbringing in the docklands of Belfast where he was raised in poverty between two world wars. 

His beloved brother was killed in WWII and Frank himself later served in the Middle East. 

On returning to Belfast, Frank performed in talent shows, parish teas, charity and variety shows.

Through the sixties he played a pivotal role in St Columb’s Hall Sunday night variety shows in Londonderry, he then built a huge following across the UK as he toured the working men’s clubs before bursting onto our television screens and staying there for fifty years.

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