Brian Phelan was an Irish playwright & screenwriter.

At 15 Brian was apprenticed to carpentry, and at 18 he emigrated to Canada.  His first professional job in the theatre was assistant stage carpenter at the Crest Theatre in Toronto.  He subsequently worked as stage management at the Canadian Repertory Theatre in Ottawa, and then on the stage crew of CBC TV in Toronto.

He returned to Dublin after 4 years and achieved his ambition to become an actor appearing at the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre with the Edwards McLiammoir Company, the Pike Theatre and then in London at the Royal Court, Stratford East and in the West End in plays by Behan, Brecht, O’Casey, John B Keane, Tennessee Williams, Wesker, Strindberg, and Becket. He appeared in many television dramas and has also appeared in many films, including playing the soldier in Stravinsky’s “The Soldiers Tale” with Robert Helpman and Svetlana Beriosova.

soldiers tale
The Soldiers Tale

“The Servant” , directed by Joseph Losey and written by Harold Pinter.

Dirk Bogarde, Brian Phelan & Sean Treacy in “The Servant”

He discovered the playwright Tom Murphy and co-presented with Robin Fox Murphy’s first play “A Whistle in the Dark” at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Apollo Theatre in the West End.

He finally decided to stop acting to concentrate solely on writing.

Brian’s archive has been acquired by the University of Delaware at Wilmington USA.

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