The Story So Far...
The story of making the story has been an adventure of it's own.
In December 2011 I was thinking I need to do more, I can't just be an actor waiting for the phone to ring, drifting from lucky contract to despair to lucky contract - I'm going to write a one man show!!
I started writing about my big brother, a maverick and a rebel with a few wild stories to be told - a hero of mine. Then an old Top of the Pops came on and I heard Eric Bell's fantastic opening solo of ‘Whiskey in the Jar’. Hey I thought - Phil Lynott, an icon - Tall, black and Irish - I'm nearly all three of those...
With the encouragement of Ade Berry of Jackson's Lane Theatre I began to research - in between some lovely acting adventures - and have grown to love Phillip, his family ,friends and Thin Lizzy. A hero to go alongside my brother, David. Dave had actually introduced me to Rock music to save me from the 80s pop I was threatening to enjoy. Phil's story could be a classic rock and roll story -live fast, die young but what I found was a hugely popular, often sensitive poet. His is a story of fighting and triumphing against the odds, the determination to dedicate your life to something you love, the pain of addiction, the weight of responsibility.
So a play about heroes, Ireland, being mixed race...it's becoming a bit about me too! Enter Chris Larner who loved the idea and came on board to direct and write it with me but who felt we needed an ultimate hero to oversee proceedings - so Cu Chullain joined the cast. Cu Chulainn, the greatest Irish legend of them all. I was so relieved that we'd have a giant presence to help me through it all....till Chris reminded me it's a one man show and you're Cu Chullain too!
Along the road, I've spoken and met many associates of Phillip Parris Lynott, Chris & I have formed Leviathan's Goat, Tara Arts have agreed to co-produce with us and the Arts Council England have helped us develop the show...it's been a long road but 2015 - it's all kicking off!
Hope you enjoy the next leg of the journey with us
Rob Mountford, January 2015
Our aim is that our play will preview in London in the early/mid summer of 2015, before opening at the Edinburgh Festival in August. Performances at Tara Arts brand new venue in Earlsfield, London will follow in early 2016 and we hope for an extensive tour in Autumn 2015 and beyond.
Phil Lynott portrait 1979, Cuchullain both by kind permission of Jim Fitzpatrick. Robert Mountford Headshot by John Godwin