Bob Kelly is a graduate of the Ecole Internationale de Jacques Lecoq in Paris. His most recent work includes playing James Vane in The Picture of Dorian Grey at the Abbey Theatre, Sean Heuston in Abu Media’s Seactair na Anathnid, Macbeth at The Mill, and a national tour of Edna O’ Brien’s The Country Girls with Red Kettle, directed by Mikel Murfi.
Other recent work includes The King of The Great Clock Tower with the Royal Ballet School, London (2011); Fulgurances at the Louvre Museum (2010); At Swim Two Birds, The Poor Mouth and Rhinoceros with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company (2011, 2010). While training in France he garnered critical acclaim in the French media for his portrayal of “Lansko” in L’Ecrivain Public with Plateforme Theatre.
Recently Bob was been nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award – Best Supporting Actor – for his role in The Poor Mouth.
Bob speaks several languages and has performed lead roles onstage in French and Italian.
In film, Bob recently played Barney Cannon in Tile Film’s Breithe agus Bás, and Andy in Phil Sheerin’s WWII short Withdrawal. In 2008 he played the lead role in Without Words by Brian Deane which won the Spike Lee/Babelgum Online Film Festival. He also recently appeared in The History Channel’s America : The Story of US, which has become the highest rated special in the network’s history.
Work in voiceover has included characters in the animations of Hungarian artist Eszter Szabo, and the voices of a number of dwarven characters in the french translation of the video game Lord of the Rings : Aragorn’s Quest.
Bob was a member of the comedy improv group Scratch That and is an experienced improviser. He is also a graduate of County Sligo Youth Theatre, with whom he played a large number of roles, including Proctor in The Crucible, Leonardo in Blood Wedding, Menelaus in Iph, and Clov in Endgame.
Siren [Bob] Kelly’s choice is a perfect fit, filled with the gravitas and unsettling pace that make the words of shakespeare come to life… will leave you stunned with gleeful awe… simply a must see.
L’Ecrivain Public (French Media)
Pariscope We cannot but share in the triumph of Colette Nucci, the Director of Theatre13, for this show… it is a young Irish actor, Bob Kelly, that revives the role of Lansko. Displaying vivid emotion throughout the performance, his interpretation is remarkable. He combines rage and gentleness, violence and fragility with skill….
CultureCie What empathy with the young refugee… at last theatre that daringly exposes its emotions – all its emotions! A triumph!
Theatrorama The actors are exemplary (a special mention for Bob Kelly in the role of Lansko, vibrant with emotion and humour)…
Figaro A touching story illuminated by the presence of a young actor unknown to us, Bob Kelly… who incarnates [the role] in a striking manner… imposing the youth, energy, anger, and sensitivity of a young man who must become an adult sooner than he could ever want…
FigaroScope …Interpreted with depth and sensitivity by Bob Kelly…
Au Poulailler Into this world… enters Lankso (the superb Bob Kelly)
Les Trois Coupes The actors all have presence, with a particular salute to Bob Kelly, who lends such beautiful life to the character of Lansko…
Philippe du Vignal Bob Kelly/Lansko is absolutely remarkable in intelligence and sensitivity…
l’Humanité Lively, generous, Bob Kelly incarnates him strongly & well.
Waterford News and Star “Bob Kelly as Berenger was superb”
Campus.ie “..the perfectly executed wordplay of Bob Kelly and Ciaran McCauley..”
Irish Examiner “Bob Kelly gives a fine performance”
Irish Times “Bob Kelly… a dishevelled, yawning, reprobate – in short, our kind of guy”
Waterford Today “Bob Kelly reminded me of Tom Cruise.”