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Damian O’Hare: Various Updates

Posted in double feature, movies, potc, potc 4, reviews, the royal, theatre, tv, website with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12 September, 2011 by ambarussa

While the holiday-laundry is gently doing its spins in the washing machine, I have time for a quick update:

I’ve updated the list of reviews for Double Feature. The shows saw their last performances on Saturday, so there won’t be any further updates to that entry.

I’ve added a small gallery for Double Feature.

Now that Double Feature is over – would you like the benches as a souvenir? Or maybe the bar from The Swan?

Not quite finished with Double Feature yet – there will be a contest later this week in connection with the plays.

The Scottish Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has been released on DVD and Blu-ray. Coming to your local  DVD-by-Mail-Service very soon.

In completely different news, Kitaky has sent in fanart: “The Royal meets My Little Pony”. Looks like Dr. Burnett was really deciding his departure on a hoof…!

Damian O’Hare: “The Witcher 2” (VG)

Posted in various work, video games with tags , , , on 25 May, 2011 by ambarussa

The second game release this month. After “Brink”, we now get “The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings”,  a role-playing video game developed by Polish studio CD Projekt RED for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. Damian voices various characters.

Please click the picture below to get to the official website, but only if you’re over 17 years of age.

Damian O’Hare: “Brink” (VG)

Posted in various work, video games with tags , , , on 9 May, 2011 by ambarussa

11 May 2011 sees the release of “Brink”

an immersive first-person shooter that blends single-player, co-op, and multiplayer gameplay into one seamless experience, allowing you to develop your character whether playing alone, with your friends, or against others online. You decide the combat role you want to assume in the world of Brink as you fight to save yourself and mankind’s last refuge. Brink offers a compelling mix of dynamic battlefields, extensive customization options, and an innovative control system that will keep you coming back for more.

Damian O’Hare’s is one of the eight “voices” you can choose from to play (with a “fairly strong Northern Irish accent”).

“Brink” is available on Amazon and suitable for folks over 16 years of age.  Frank, authority for all things gaming, has already placed an order, so buyers shouldn’t be disappointed.
Don’t ask me – my favourite VG is Plants vs. Zombies

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Movie Premiere

Posted in movies, potc, potc 4 with tags , , , , , , , , on 27 April, 2011 by ambarussa

Mail from Disney (it looks official, but as always: caveat lector; information may always be subject to change):


Disneyland, Anaheim

Red Carpet: 5:00 p.m.
Film Screening: 8:30 p.m.

Guests:  Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Astrid  Bergès-Frisbey, Sam Claflin, Kevin R. McNally, Keith Richards, Robbie Kay, Greg Ellis, Ian Mercer, Derek Mears, Danny LeBoyer, Damian O’Hare, Daphne Joy, Sanya Hughes, Breanne Beth Berrett, Antoinette Nikprelaj, Toni Busker, Jorgelina Airaldi; Jerry Bruckheimer, Rob Marshall, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, John DeLuca, Barry Waldman

It’s official: Damian O’Hare will be in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”!

Posted in movies, potc, potc 4 with tags , , , , , , , , on 11 August, 2010 by ambarussa

Time to crack open the bottles, folks, it’s official:

Damian O’Hare will be back

as Lt. Gillette in

“Pirates of the Caribbean:

On Stranger Tides”!

That’s fantastic news, congratulations!

The website will be updated soon; if there’s any news, I’ll keep you posted.

( Source )

“Taking the Flak”/Charity: DVD signed by Tira Shubart up on ebay

Posted in taking the flak, tv, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 28 November, 2009 by ambarussa

Desperate finding the perfect Christmas present?

Look no further and bid on a “Taking the Flak” DVD which has been signed by Tira Shubart, co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of the show. Not only will you get a great DVD, you’ll also support a good cause:

This lot is being sold as part of Save the Rhino’s 15th Birthday online auction; Hornucopia.  SAVE THE RHINO fundraises for the conservation of endangered species of rhinoceros by supporting community and education programmes in key wildlife habitats in Africa and Asia.


“Grapes of Wrath” at Hall for Cornwall, Truro: last night cancelled, this night a go

Posted in grapes of wrath, theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 20 November, 2009 by ambarussa

From the Hall for Cornwall’s blog:


“Unfortunately, during last night’s performance one of the below-stage sprinklers was triggered.  Due to the location, water collected very quickly and for safety reasons power in the theatre had to be shut off and the performance cancelled.”

“All audience members are being offered the choice between a refund or an alternate performance, with Box Office staff working today to re-accommodate many of last night’s audience into the remaining performances.  The play is well worth  seeing and we hope to be welcoming most of our disappointed audience members back tonight and tomorrow.”

Having worked 48 hrs in a row once because the pyrotechnics of a band triggered the sprinkler system at a venue, I know only too well how staff and technicians must have slaved away to get everything going again. Very disappointing for the audience, and a nightmarish experience for cast and crew of the production. But nobody was injured, that’s what really counts.

Please exchange your ticket and watch “The Grapes of Wrath” today or tomorrow; don’t miss this great production. And while you’re there, give the staff a  smile and a thank you – I’m sure it would be appreciated. 🙂

Box Office can be contacted on 01872 262466

Fluctuat nec mergitur.

Aaand it’s in the news already:

The Falmouth Packet: Hall for Cornwall flooded by sprinkler system

BBC: Hundreds evacuated from theatre

This Is Cornwall: Alarm bells ring at Hall for Cornwall

Interview: Damian O’Hare in “The Irish World”

Posted in grapes of wrath, interviews, taking the flak, theatre, tv with tags , , , , , , on 23 September, 2009 by ambarussa

The Irish World talked with Damian about his work on “Taking the Flak”, filming in Tanzania, “The Grapes of Wrath” and driving trucks into the set…



If you want to read the full article, you need to get a subscription for the online edition of The Irish World. Just invest the 50p, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a full page coverage.


If you prefer to buy the print edition at your local newsagents: it’s The Irish World dated 26 September, 2009.

ITV’s painful cuts – and the future of “The Royal”

Posted in the royal, tv with tags , , , , on 4 March, 2009 by ambarussa



As expected, ITV’s annual report, released today, reads like the foreword to Dante’s Inferno. 600 jobs axed, 150 of them at the Kirkstall Road studio in Leeds (where “Heartbeat” and “The Royal” used to be produced). We’re talking about pre-tax losses of £2.73 billion here.

£2.73 billion.

BILLION! Quoi? What?

Unbelievable. My sympathies go out to all those who lost their jobs and are now facing an uncertain future. I hope that something new and better will come their way very, very soon.


ITV will cut the weekly drama by one hour – but they make a point of not telling what programme(s) might face the axe. The official status of “The Royal” is still “shelved”. Season 8 is in the can (or so they say), and sooner or later we’ll get to see it. Talks are of “two year’s worth” of episodes, means into 2010.

Now, I don’t know anything about contracts and schedules, but somehow I can’t imagine that the actors involved with the show will sit around and twiddle their thumbs for the next two years, then pick up their roles again as if they’d never stopped. So if “The Royal” should ever see a season 9, I could imagine that there would be a new cast. Some of the comments from insider sources that “options of cheaper production and modernisation” for both Heartbeat and The Royal were “evaluated” point in that direction. However, that’s all just hear-say and speculation at this moment.

I’d be sorry to see “The Royal” disappear. It’s my guilty pleasure – great fun in its own goofy, innocent and lovable way…


Some links with further information:

Guardian: Gloom descends on ITV Yorkshire

The mood outside ITV Yorkshire’s Leeds studio today, as 192 redundancies and the closure of most of the 40-year-old complex were announced, could be summarised in a single word: grim.

BBC: Troubled ITV cuts jobs and costs

The Scotsman: ITV to axe 600 jobs

Telegraph: ITV cuts – could X Factor and Coronation Street be affected?

Reactions to “The Royal” news / Reviews for “The Brøken”

Posted in movies, the broken, the royal, tv with tags , , , , , on 31 January, 2009 by ambarussa

The news of the maybe-possibly-then-again-maybe-not-axing of “Heartbeat” and “The Royal” (still denied by ITV) didn’t go unnoticed. While ranging from “about time!” to “why do you have to cancel the last bit of lighthearted entertainment?”, comments all over the media were overwhelmingly negative, and ITV had to take a lot of flak for its rumoured future investment in reality TV rather than drama. One doesn’t have to like shows like Heartbeat, The Royal or The Bill to fear the TV monoculture this might announce. All quality aspects aside – for those working behind and in front of the camera, this could mean that their jobs are at risk. It could also mean loss of income for local businesses. And more reality shows will come at the cost of even fewer available jobs for actors.

Here are some links to comments; while the focus is on “Heartbeat” and “The Bill”, “The Royal” is mentioned as well, and the problems are the same for all shows.

Paul Mount’s World of Stuff: “ITV: Making a crisis out of its dramas…”
“(…) So let’s not rejoice at the passing of ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘The Royal’ because their going means more than just the killing-off of two rather twee dramas series – they’re emblematic of a greater, more insidious malaise which sits at the core of British broadcasting like a cancer. (…)”

Manchester Evening News (Ian Wylie): “The Heartbeat Fades”
“(…) Heartbeat and The Royal have been treated disgracefully in recent times. Ratings have gone down due to irregular scheduling on a Sunday evening. With the dramas being screened in short bursts, before inexplicable breaks in the series runs. It’s almost as if bosses have been plotting how to kill off two of British TV’s best loved shows. With a slow death the chosen option to avoid the full wrath of fans. (…)”

The Guardian (Gareth McLean): “Dark Days at Sun Hill”
“(…) Instead of investing in drama – nurturing writers, training and employing crew – ITV has lined the pockets of footballers. I’m not suggesting television should be run as a job creation scheme for producers, dolly grips and actors, but should a broadcaster such as ITV be feathering the nest of the likes of UEFA and the FA? (…)”

The Independent: Moors village in shock at loss of “Heartbeat”
“(…) Now a new fear is stalking this small community of honey-coloured cottages set high in the glorious heather landscape. A fear that the failure of Heartbeat to return to our screens could signal the death of the lucrative tourist trade that has grown up around the programme. (…)”

And now for something completely different… “The Brøken” is now in cinemas, and here are two (positive) reviews.

Review Radio Times

Review Shadows on the Wall

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