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Margaret D’Arcy (1918 – 2018)

Thursday 20th September 2018 at 3pm 0 Comments

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has learned with sadness of the death of Margaret D’Arcy, versatile stage actor and doyen of the Group Players, who has died at the age of 100.

Born in Belfast in 1918, Margaret D’Arcy enjoyed a long and distinguished stage career. As a member of the Group Players throughout the 1940s and ’50s, she appeared in many Group classics, including Joseph Tomelty’s ‘Is the Priest at Home?’, Louis MacNeice’s ‘Traitors in Our Way’, and title roles in St. John Greer Ervine’s ‘Martha’ and CK Munro’s ‘Diana’. She joined the Lyric Players in 1976, starring alongside a young Liam Neeson in Brian Friel’s ‘The Loves of Cass Maguire’, and went on to feature in a raft of Lyric productions, notably Graham Reid’s ‘The Hidden Curriculum’ and Christina Reid’s ‘Tea in a China Cup’. Ms D’Arcy appeared in numerous BBC Northern Ireland productions, in the 1990s reuniting with her Group contemporary, James Ellis, in Graham Reid’s Belfast-set televised drama, ‘The Precious Blood’. Film appearances included ‘Wild about Harry’ (2000) and the 2002 film adaptation of Spike Milligan’s ‘Puckoon’.

The Belfast Telegraph has published its tribute to Margaret D’Arcy’s life in local theatre, written by Ivan Little, here.


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