Dan Gordon as Frank Carson
Sat 09 Feb

TheatreFrank Carson: A Rebel Without A Pause

Presented in association with David Hull Promotions, Frank Carson: A Rebel Without A Pause is written and performed by Dan Gordon. Belfast funnyman Frank Carson blazed a comedy trail for over fifty years.

His quick-fire gags and infectious laugh delighted audiences in variety shows, on telly and in clubs across the land – The Comedians , The Good Old Days, Seaside Special, Royal Variety, Noel’s Houseparty, Tiswas, and many more. In 1976 alone he did forty-one network TV shows. He was Mayor of Balbriggan (twice), King of Blackpool, Clown Prince of Ireland and Prime Minister of Fun. But there’s more. In this acclaimed one-man show, written and performed by Dan Gordon, we journey with Frank from his Belfast boyhood - where life was so tough even the arms on the chairs had tattoos - through his adventures in the army, and into the world of showbiz where he entertained Royalty, delighted Pope John Paul II and never forgot where he came from. A whirlwind comedy drama celebrating the man, the myth and the mouth - it’s a cracker!

This is a labour of love. Gordon's performance is tremendous. He captures Carson's jovial machine-gun stage persona with impressive accuracy - the show is full of gags - while subtly softening his delivery during the off-stage confessionals.

The Scotsman

Dan Gordon's one-man play Frank Carson play is a cracker.

The Irish News

A touchingly humanising portrayal of a figure that exists in the eyes of many as little more than a funny man from a harsher and less progressive time, showing the man who lived beneath the catchphrases, and the true spirit of his soul.

British Theatre Guide

Event Details

Sat 09 Feb
19:30 to 21:30

£18.50 (includes Eventbrite booking fee)


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