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Jimmy Ellis remembered in Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

Stuart Graham, Katie Tumelty and Oliver Stevenson star in Jimmy Ellis: Home Again, an auto-biographical reflection of the late actor’s family home and life working at the docks during his childhood in East Belfast

THE life of the late Jimmy Ellis, best known for his roles in Z Cars, is remember in a new play showing at this month's Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival.

Jimmy Ellis: Home Again combines poetry and live music to recreate and celebrate the Belfast actor's family and the characters who informed his own life as well as the lodgers at the family home at Park Avenue during the war years, and his relatives' work at the docks.

Ellis, who died in 2014, paved the way for many actors from Northern Ireland to be recognised in the wider world stage.

Jimmy Ellis: Home Again stars Stuart Graham (The Fall, Hunger) and Katie Tumelty (Fly me to the Moon, Divorcing Jack) playing Ellis and his mother Tilly respectively, as well as Christine Tedders, Conor McFarlane and Oliver Stevenson. It has been adapted by novelist Glenn Patterson and is produced by Blunt Fringe.

:: Jimmy Ellis: Home Again, May 25 and 26, Titanic Belfast's Andrews Gallery. Tickets £15pp including a drink and fish and chip cone. See tickets.titanicbelfast.com/eventtimes/jimmyellis

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