Joining Barry McCrea in his monthly conversations about Ireland's Generation X? will be actor and writer Mark O'Halloran.
As an actor he has worked with all the major theatre companies in Ireland. On screen he has appeared in numerous films, most notably as one of the eponymous heroes in Adam & Paul for which he also wrote the screenplay. He has also appears in The Guard and Calvary and in Viva, a film set in Havana which he also wrote and Halal Daddy. Mark‘s other writing credits include the multi award winning film Garage, the television series Prosperity and Viva a Spanish language feature filmed in Cuba. For the stage he has written the play Trade which he recently adapted into a feature length film Rialto (2020).
Mark has been nominated for numerous awards including a European Film Award for the screenplay of Adam & Paul, Irish Film and Television Awards where he won for both “Best Screenplay“ and “Best TV writer“ 2008. He also won the London Evening Standard award for “Best Screenplay“ in 2005. Trade was named as “best play” at the Irish Theatre Awards 2012. Lippy was “Best Production” at 2014 Irish Theatre Awards as well as winning a Fringe First at Edinburgh and 2 Obie Awards in New York. In 2016 Viva was shortlisted for best foreign language Oscar. Mark was also nominated as “Best Actor” in the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2016 for his performance as Donal Davoren in the Abbey Theatre’s acclaimed production of Shadow of a Gunman.
Ireland's Generation X? is presented jointly by the Keough Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI). Other contributors in the series include Belinda McKeon, Paul Murray, Ian Lynch, Claire Kilroy, Nick Laird and Caitriona Lally.
Originally published at irishstudies.nd.edu.