Richard Orr

Richard turned professional in 1986, appearing in shows at the Lyric Belfast and Arts Theatre, where he was awarded a Peacock Award for his performance as the Wizard of Oz in 1987.

He subsequently underwent further training at the Nctd accredited Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. Other extensive theatre work includes many productions at the Lyric back here in Belfast including All My Sons, The Taming of the Shrew, Pinnochio, Of Mice And Men, Death Of A Salesman, Arms And The Man, John Bull’s Other Island, Wind In The Willows and the USA tour of Philadephia, Here I Come. Ricard has played leading roles with Charabanc, Big Telly, Prime Cut, C21 and Replay and was Mojo in the UK and Ireland tour of Mojo Mickybo for Kabosh in 2002.

In Scotland, Richard played Vasquez in Tis Pity She's Whore for Theatre Babel at Glasgow Citizens and on subsequent tour, also appearing in The Birth of Merlin as Merlin for the company and King Lear. He created the role of Sean for 7;84 in Borderland and toured in Passing Places for Borderline Theatre co, whilst in 2004 he spent four months playing Pavel in Fathers and Sons for the Stanislavski Theater Studio Washington DC.

Other appearances include the British premier of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues at Manchester Library Theatre, and he was Andy Warhol alongside Sylvia Miles in Edie – A Live Show About a Dead Girl at the Laban Centre in London. Feature films include Crossmaheart, The Most Fertile Man In Ireland, Mad About Mambo, Titanic Town, Five Minutes Of Heaven, On Dangerous Ground, Best, The Magnificent Ambersons, Hood Felt Hate etc, and TV work includes Children’s Ward, Give My Head Peace, I Fought The Law, Eureka Street, Brookside, Sherlock Holmes, Made In Heaven, Trail Of Guilt and The Vikings. Radio includes Xmas Eve Can Kill You, The Boy Who Thought He Was An Elephant, Juno And The Paycock, A Man Flourishing and the series Mind’s Eye.

Richard directed Night, Mother for Admired Miranda (Queens Festival) and Northern Exposures and 3 Steps to Heaven (Old Museum). Rehearsed readings Richard directed include The Music Cure and This Is Tomorrow at the Lyric. Richard was Chairman of Replay productions 2000–2006, Equity NI councillor 2000–2006, and is an original member of Fringe Benefits Theatre Company.

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