Interview: Aidan Turner: ‘I’d love to do more stage roles after Poldark’

Aidan Turner: ‘I’d love to do more stage roles after Poldark’
By Robert Dex for Evening Standard

Poldark star Aidan Turner hopes his West End debut as a cat-loving psychopath will open the door to other stage roles when his stint as the BBC’s brooding West Country hero ends.

The actor, known to millions of fans as Cornish heartthrob Ross Poldark, plays the ruthless Padraic in bloodthirsty black comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh.

He said: “It’s just the best kind of comedy, it’s really dark, it’s what Martin does well. You laugh at something and then five minutes later you have to check yourself. It’s so dark, it’s so poignant and it’s so on the nose but you do crucify yourself for laughing at things you can only laugh at in the theatre.

“I’d love to do more but it is finding time, there is one more year left of Poldark to do and then we’re open.

“It is great doing a comedy, especially a comedy that’s getting the reaction it has been getting from the audience.”

Dublin-born Turner admits the play, about a INLA terrorist turned away by the IRA because he is too extreme and whose only emotional connection is to his pet cat, resonated with his memories of growing up in Ireland.

He said: “I was born in 1983 and have a lot of friends, cousins and relatives who live in Northern Ireland and as soon as you cross the border you would feel that shift.

There’s a different cadence, a different energy in Northern Ireland, certainly there used to be, and our country has had a lot of violence in the last few centuries. It’s not something we are a stranger to but a hard-hitting drama doesn’t resound in the same way because it’s too difficult to watch.

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