Shane is an actor and theatre maker based in Dublin. He is originally from Limerick where he was a member of The Limerick Youth Theatre for 3 years. He received his BA in Theatre, Film and Creative Writing from The University of Wales, Bangor. A scholarship brought him to The Lee Strasberg Institute of Theatre and Film in Los Angeles where he trained full time for one year. He has also trained part time with the Studio program for young actors at The Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
Most recently, Shane has been working with ANU Productions on several productions. In PALS – The Irish at Gallipoli, over the course of its two runs, he played three of the four characters, the show went on to be nominated for Best Production in The Irish Times Theatre Awards and won the Audience Choice Award. He played Ned Daly in their 1916 devised piece Glorious Madness and was also in Yellow which was commissioned by RTE for their Road to The Rising event. He also performed in Beautiful Dreamers, the ANU Productions/Performance Corporation co-production for Limerick City of Culture. He was nominated at The Irish Times Theatre Awards in the best production category for On The Wire, a devised piece which he co-wrote and performed in. He has also just finished The Bell Room for Upstate Theatre directed by Louise Lowe which he co-developed and performed in.
Shane has appeared in films such as King of The Travellers and Stalker both directed by Mark O’Connor and Dark By Noon directed by Alan Leonard. His TV credits include Ealu for TG4 and playing various characters in, both pre-recorded and live elements of, Gory Stories for RTE’s children’s show Elev8.
For Beautiful Dreamers:
For a start, one of our earliest encounters is with Peds, a hyperkinetic, lanky young man who is, as they say, “known to the gardaí”. He’s also a lot of fun, a quick and playful improviser, and Shane Whisker’s expertly measured performance introduces the just right amount of warmth and edge. – Peter Crawley for The Irish Times (full review here)
But the young man who led us here, caught between delight and despair in Whisker’s incredible turn, is unlike the others: he doesn’t seem to have anybody. – Musings in Intermissions (full review here)
For On The Wire:
It doesn’t sink into Madden and Whisker’s troops, who sound cheerily against each other, the latter trading tales of adventures in French brothels. Whisker is sharp as a tack. – Musings in Intermission (full review here)
For Pals – The Irish at Gallipoli:
“Do you think Ireland is proud of us?” a young soldier asks his friend, somewhere amid the carnage of Gallipoli, in a voice hollow and shocked…When Shane Thomas Whisker, as Richard Patrick Tobin, narrates his letters home, you wonder, from our own distance, to which version of history we listen. – Peter Crawley for The Irish Times (full review here)
At one point the actor Shane Whisker gently delivers Paddy Tobin’s two very different letters to his parents, one detailing a disorganised military itinerary to his father, and the other convincing a safe operation to dispel the worries of his mother. It exemplifies the intermingling of dark and light that carries through the production to its conclusion. – Chris McCormack for ayoungertheatre.com (full review here)
Best of luck to all the Frontline actors who are appearing in shows as part of the new work festival Scene + Heard in Smock Alley Theatre at the moment.
Jack Mullarkey, Aron Hegarty, Shane Whisker, Madi O’Carroll and John Morton are all appearing in shows over the course of the three week run. You can check out the full programme here.
Irish Times Theatre Awards Nominations!