Bob Kelly is a graduate of the Ecole Internationale de Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Recent work includes The King of The Great Clock Tower with the Royal Ballet School, London (2011); Fulgurances at the Louvre Museum (2010); At Swim Two Birds, The Poor Mouth and Rhinoceros with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company (2011, 2010). In 2009, he garnered critical acclaim in the French media for his portrayal of “Lansko” in L’Ecrivain Public with Plateforme Theatre. Recently Bob has been nominated by the Irish Times Theatre Awards – Best Supporting Actor, for his role in the Poor Mouth. Bob speaks several languages and has performed lead roles onstage in French and Italian. In film, Bob recently shot WWII short Three Degrees, directed by Philp Sheerin. In 2008 he played the lead role in Without Words by Brian Deane which won the Spike Lee/Babelgum Online Film Festival. He also recently appeared in The History Channel’s America : The Story of US, which has become the highest rated special in the network’s history.
Work in voiceover has included characters in the animations of Hungarian artist Eszter Szabo, and the voices of a number of dwarven characters in the french translation of the video game Lord of the Rings : Aragorn’s Quest. Bob was a member of the comedy improv group Scratch That and is an experienced improviser. He is also a graduate of County Sligo Youth Theatre, with whom he played a large number of roles, including Proctor in The Crucible, Leonardo in Blood Wedding, Menelaus in Iph, and Clov in Endgame.
We cannot but share in the triumph of Colette Nucci, the Director of Theatre13, for this show… it is a young Irish actor, Bob Kelly, that revives the role of Lansko. Displaying vivid emotion throughout the performance, his interpretation is remarkable. He combines rage and gentleness, violence and fragility with skill….
What empathy with the young refugee… at last theatre that daringly exposes its emotions – all its emotions! A triumph!
The actors are exemplary (a special mention for Bob Kelly in the role of Lansko, vibrant with emotion and humour)…
A touching story illuminated by the presence of a young actor unknown to us, Bob Kelly… who incarnates [the role] in a striking manner… imposing the youth, energy, anger, and sensitivity of a young man who must become an adult sooner than he could ever want…
…Interpreted with depth and sensitivity by Bob Kelly…
Into this world… enters Lankso (the superb Bob Kelly)
Les Trois Coupes
The actors all have presence, with a particular salute to Bob Kelly, who lends such beautiful life to the character of Lansko…
Philippe du Vignal
Bob Kelly/Lansko is absolutely remarkable in intelligence and sensitivity…
Lively, generous, Bob Kelly incarnates him strongly & well.