Conor O’Kane

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As an actor with a literature and linguistics background, my reading skill set proves strong with table work, text mining, interpretation of writers intent and navigating narrative. I have a clear, strong speaking voice and my natural accent is Derry/Londonderry i.e. Northern Irish. I have spent 10 years in London, so it has softened greatly - affording me a useful muscularity to move easily into other accents, British or otherwise. Quite useful for reading opposite people from all over the globe!

I am adept with both contemporary and classic works. The creative process of my theatre company GOLEM! is entirely based on reworking, deconstructing and repurposing texts that already exist, turning them into new stories. Our main body of work incorporates Shakespearean text, but most recently we have moved on to the works of Oscar Wilde, the court transcripts from his Libel Case and new writing - so I'm very comfortable reading complicated and abstract scripts.

I am also trained in Musical Theatre and work as a vocal coach, taking a lead from Barbara Houseman's approach to the relationship between an actor's body and their voice. With music, my primary focus is on acting through song and interpreting the score in a similar way to mining a script.

Most recently Conor shot 'Death of the Primate', a short film written, directed by Chester Carr (Spider-Man: Far From Home, Rocketman, Eternals) and Associate Produced by Michela Marini (Skyfall, Rogue One, Guardians of the Galaxy). It is currently in post production and due for release later this year.

In 2019 Conor worked with Oscar Nominated writer and director Dave Duggan reprising the titular role of Chezzie in “Chezzie’s Chance”. He then played Oscar Wilde in his company GOLEM! Theatre’s rehearsed reading of “Is He Earnest?” in Katzpace, London Bridge. Following this he played Skinner, one of the lead roles in Brian Friel’s “Freedom Of the City” opposite Siobhán McSweeney as part of Arts Over Borders’ FrielFest in Ireland. He finished the year with a short run of a new comedy "Good Gracious Good Friday" at The White Bear Theatre before returning to the Millennium Forum in Derry to play Prince Charming in their pantomime Snow White.

Conor is a Northern Irish actor originally from Derry. He is a versatile character actor, an accomplished classical and contemporary baritone, a pianist and a collaborative artist interested in performing, creating and producing boundary pushing work.

Experienced in film, theatre, Shakespeare, fringe theatre, comedy, musical theatre, street theatre, devising, choral singing, composing, lyric-writing, piano playing, accent work, improvisation, photography, water skiing, snow skiing, gymnastics, dance and juggling

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Credits Include

2020 [added]
Death of the Primate
Short Film Jasper
2019 [added]
The Freedom of the City
Theatre Skinner
2019 [added]
Good Gracious Good Friday
Theatre Ciaran
2019 [added]
Is He Earnest?
Theatre Oscar Wilde
2019 [added]
Chezzie's Chance
Theatre Chezzie
2018 [added]
Peter Pan
Pantomime Smee
2018 [added]
Tomorrow Creeps
Theatre The Hollow Hero
2017 [added]
I Know You Of Old
Theatre Claudio
2017 [added]
Miss Nightingale
Musical Theatr George
2016 [added]
Theatre Macduff
2016 [added]
Feature Film Kyle
2015 [IMDB]
Beyond Repair
2015 [IMDB]
2015 [added]
It's Fucking Shit
Short Film Derek
2014 [added]
Short Film Kane