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Last year local actor Michael Bates starred as Irish patriot Roger Casement in the hit show ‘McKenna’s Fort’, by Arnold T. Fanning, deemed to be one of the ‘theatrical highlights’ of the 1916 Centenary celebrations.

Now the Tallaght native has been cast in an ambitious new theatre production which has been selected to be part of this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival.

The play which is called ‘Close to the Sun’ will run from September 13th – 17th in Smock Alley Theatre and promises to ‘give a voice to a lost generation of Irish Emigrants’.

Bates, who will be playing alongside Mary Murray best known as Janet from RTÉ’s hit crime drama Love/Hate, told us;

“We’re very excited to be bringing this production to the stage, the script is inspiring and was written by Philip Doherty the two-time winner of RTÉ’s P.J. O’Connor Award for new Irish writing.

“The audience will be taken on a journey that explores the connection between Irish and Australian mythology.

Close to The Sun runs from September 13th -17th, in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre.

Tickets are priced at €14 – €16 and can be booked on the theatre’s website smockalley.com

The Play has been produced by theatre production company The Corps Ensemble and they are currently planning a nationwide tour for 2018.

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