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Exclusive preview: Dan Gordon as Frank Carson - it's the way he tells them

Award-winning actor Dan Gordon is taking to the stage at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast next month with his acclaimed take on comedy legend, the late comic Frank Carson.

Gordon (51) has performed Frank Carson - A Rebel Without A Pause in Edinburgh to critical acclaim.

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The play was first reviewed in the Belfast Telegraph, which said: "Gordon never lets the pace drop, or the mood darken, interspersing ... difficult memories with frequent anarchic visits to the stand-up microphone, treating the audience to a firestorm of jokes, shaggy-dog stories and devastatingly funny one-liners, all out of the top drawer of Carson's voluminous repertoire."

Paul Whitelaw, in his review in The Scotsman, added: "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."

The play chronicles the north Belfast comic's life growing up in the shipyard area before going on to become a comedy legend.

Gordon's performance suggests Carson used comedy to escape from the pain and horror he endured growing up in a sectarian Belfast, where he was raised by a tough, unloving father.

Carson, who lived in Blackpool for many years, died of cancer in 2012.

Gordon decided to write the play after being approached by Tony Carson, Frank's son, to write a play about his father after a performance of Dan's play The Boat Factory in New York.

After three years of painstaking research, he began performing the show this year. The playwright was given access to some of the Carson's family archives as well as notes and tapes that the comedian had left for a book.

  • Frank Carson: A Rebel Without A Pause will run at the Lyric Theatre from November 1-5. To book tickets, visit

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