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Aidan Dooley

Aidan is from Galway. He trained at Guilford School of Acting and works as a freelance actor, writer and director in London.

Highlights of his career as an actor include Philadelphia Here I Come – Wyndhams Theatre London; Elegies for Angels – Criterion Theatre London; DA – White Bear Theatre London; Players and Painted Stage and Last Apache Reunion – SOS Theatre Bristol; National Tours of Tales of the Lost FormicansBristol Old Vic Theatre Company, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet.

He first performed Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer ten years ago at Siamsa Tire, Tralee for Tom Crean’s family and then at the Medway Fuse Festival, followed by The New York International Fringe Festival (Best Solo Show Award Winner). He has also been nominated for awards at the Dublin Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Elliot Norton Theatre Critics Award Boston and in 2006 won the prestigious Fringe First at Edinburgh. He was seen in Galway Girl and Melody (Celtic Coupling) in the UK Fuse Festival. His solo show O’Sullivan Beara – The Last Gaelic Chieftain toured in 2011-13.

He is a Co-Director of Play On Words Theatre Company. He has worked for many years developing various performance pieces and historical characters for all the National Museums in England including the National Maritime Museum Greenwich where the idea of a performance on Tom Crean originated.

He is an Associate Lecturer in Drama at Canterbury Christ Church University.

He lives in Rochester with his wife Miriam and has two children Liam and Nancy.