We at Bruiser are greatly saddened to hear about the passing of our patron and friend, Sue Townsend. She was such a fantastic, sparky, funny and warm person, who encouraged and supported the company since our production of 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole'. Insightful and hilarious, as a writer and a person - she will be dreadfully missed. Our thoughts are with Colin and her family at this very sad time.
Duke Special has just released his second album, I Never Thought This Day Would Come - an album for sleepwalkers, skeletons and gravediggers, for those who have fallen so far down they can taste the soil between their teeth! Since the release of Songs From The Deep Forest, Duke Special has toured sold out shows across Ireland, the UK and Europe. From headlining a packed-to-the-rafters Shepherds Bush Empire in London to stage diving at Electric Picnic, hosting five sell out nights back-to-back at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall to appearing as a special guest performer at the Cannes Film Festival, Duke Special has come further than he ever imagined he might. Crowded House invited him along on their first tour in ten years, he gave a little known Welsh singer called Duffy her first ever shows, guested for the legendary Ray Davies in London and performed at The Irish Film Boards Oscar Wilde event in LA. He is delighted to be one of Bruiser’s Patrons.
"I am delighted to have been invited to become a Patron of Bruiser Theatre Company. I have watched with admiration as this young company has matured and quickly established a highly respected reputation in the Arts Community. Blood Wedding, School for Scandal, the Three Penny Opera, the Canterbury Tales, the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and most recently the delightful Candide are evidence of the consistently high standard of production that Bruiser audiences have come to expect and enjoy. Their excellent Education and Outreach programme I believe is a vital strand of their work and a hugely significant contribution to the development of the cultural life of the City of Belfast and far beyond. Finally what really blows my hair back is that they tour their shows in a way no other independent locally producing Theatre Company does, from Belfast to Ballina and from Strabane to Wicklow they take Theatre to the people in the tradition of Anew McMaster or Molière and that to me is the way it should be. "