STRABANE actor Conor Burns is busy preparing for his biggest role yet at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Conor is hoping to impress as the infamous pirate Israel Hands in the up and coming production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island in August.
His previous acting efforts have spanned some four years and numerous roles.
Despite having moved to Liverpool to pursue his acting ambition, Conor says he credits his love of all things stage to his grandad who hails from Sion Mills.
“My grandad, Tommy Burns, was a big actor and was always involved on-stage,” Conor explained. “He won an all Ireland award for best actor. I caught the acting bug after being around him as a youth and have been acting ever since. I feel it runs in my blood.
“Overall, I am very much looking forward to my role at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I have a lot of family from Strabane coming over, and I hope they won’t be disappointed and that I can do them proud.”
According to Conor, selection for the role involved a rigorous audition alongside over 30 would-be Israel Hands and a number of follow ups. Having successfully secured the role, he is working hard to nail the character of a burgeoning buccaneer.
“Getting to know the character and really delving into the performance is my favourite part of acting. I love rehearsals, and seeing a play go from its initial stages to finished performance.
“As an actor, I am always finding ways to improve, and overall I am hoping that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be a performance to remember.”