Role Playlist: How Tom Glynn-Carney Gets in a Punk Mood For 'The Ferryman'


From the second Jez Butterworth’s play The Ferryman begins, it’s clear that music will play a major function in the story: two of the central characters strut and dance in a clearly sexually-tense duet to the Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man,” so emphatically that they find yourself setting a lamp on hearth.

The play -- which tells the story of a vibrant Irish clan led by an ex-IRA member, and the mysterious obvious homicide of one among its members, within the midst of the Troubles within the early 1980s -- has turn out to be successful on Broadway, with one among its most acclaimed performances coming from younger British actor Tom Glynn-Carney. He performs Shane Corcoran, a not-quite-prototypical indignant younger man tempted to affix the IRA -- a task intrinsically tied to music as properly, as his vital introductory second onstage comes as he dances to the Undertones' “Teenage Kicks.”

In truth, Glynn-Carney at all times preps for his stage roles with a character-specific playlist. “I are inclined to zone in on music fairly early on within the course of...even generally earlier than I truly get a component, I begin occupied with what sort of music the character may take heed to,” Glynn-Carney says. “It’s helpful to hone in on the form of sound they’d like.”

Glynn-Carney spoke to Billboard in regards to the tunes that knowledgeable his electrical portrayal of Shane. Check out the breakdown beneath.

"Teenage Kicks," The Undertones

“It tells an enormous story about the place Shane comes from, geographically and emotionally,” Glynn-Carney says. “There’s such a teenage angst to it -- intercourse and sweat and nervousness and lust and all these issues that ooze out of your pores.” In the present, “it introduces Shane as a little bit of a stay wire. He’s a wild animal.”

"London Calling," The Clash

The politically-tinged monitor is “one other one to make you are feeling revengeful,” Glynn-Carney says.

"Anarchy within the UK," Sex Pistols

The actor is an enormous fan of the Sex Pistols; the truth is, throughout The Ferryman’s earlier London run, he dyed his hair purple “to hammer dwelling the truth that he’s punk and doesn’t give a shit. I at all times thought Shane was modeling himself considerably after Johnny Rotten.”

"Black Velvet Band," The Dubliners

The conventional Irish folks tune is, Glynn-Carney thinks, the form of tune Shane would have heard round the home rising up. “Music is an enormous factor in Ireland,” he says. “Songs get handed on. There’s one thing actually lovely about that.”

"Street Fighting Man," The Rolling Stones

A monitor central to the play’s motion, and one which Glynn-Carney says “helps me dive into Shane being tough and prepared.”

"Rap God," Eminem

“The vanity of [Eminem] in that tune, it’s an ideal factor for Shane,” a personality who has an perspective of “ ‘I can tackle anybody proper now, I do know my argument, I do know the trigger -- I’m gonna be part of altering issues.’”

"Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon & Garfunkel

Definitely not punk, however nonetheless helpful to Glynn-Carney. “Shane is a really advanced, confused younger man,” he says. The Simon & Garfunkel basic reminds him of a tune his mom used to sing to him prior to now. “It’s made me cease and hear and assume. I feel Shane is a thinker. He will get caught in his head a bit bit.”

"Neckbreaker," Dirtyphonics

This "actually heavy dub-step monitor" is "like walkout music for a boxing match. you simply put in your headphones and there you go."

"Television Screen," The Radiators From Space

The Irish band is a favourite of Glynn-Carney’s. “You can’t inform what they’re saying within the lyric -- they’re simply form of shouting at you -- however it’s very catchy and really simple to maneuver to.”   

"Stand and Deliver," Adam and the Ants

Another character within the play is obsessive about the concept of assembly -- and marrying -- Adam Ant, however that had little to do with Glynn-Carney’s tune selection. “It’s only a nice tune,” he says. “I used to be an Adam and the Ants fan earlier than, and this one has at all times stood out.”