Hurricane storms back to centre stage at the Millennim Forum

The smash-hit play Hurricane, which celebrates the highs and lows of Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins’ stormy life, is returning to the Millennium Forum next week.

The smash-hit play Hurricane, which celebrates the highs and lows of Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins’ stormy life, is returning to the Millennium Forum next week.

Actor Richard Dormer, who plays hell-raiser Higgins in the one-man production from the Grand Opera House, said resurrecting the show would be a poignant goodbye to Northern Ireland’s two-time snooker world champion. “This is a final farewell to a true genius and a legend,” he commented.

Dormer’s performance is a warts-and-all portrayal of Higgins, exposing how he let a fortune slip through his fingers. The RADA-trained actor portrays Higgins in his flamboyant prime - with his open-necked shirt and long hair - through to his sad decline.

His remarkable solo performance is a no holds barred roller coaster ride of a life lived to the full, from the back streets of Belfast to all around the world in a blaze of glory and back again. Poignant, moving and at times hilariously funny, Hurricane is a slice of rock ‘n’ roll theatre that will leave you breathless.

Michael Billington, arts critic for The Guardian since 1971, described Richard’s performance as one of his top five performances of all time.

“Playing a legend like Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins was an intense experience – not least because he himself was an incredibly intense man” explains Dormer. “He was funny, irreverent, and at times stubborn as hell but always entertaining. We had some good times – I hope he would have called me a friend.”

Director Rachel O’Riordan echoed Dormer’s sentiments, “Alex loved this show - one of my favourite memories is of his first visit to the rehearsal room; He was extremely generous in his praise for mine and Richard’s work - he felt he ‘saw’ himself in it. This, more than anything, has been the impulse to remount the show after his death. Hurricane has in a sense become a eulogy.”

Hurricane visits the Millennium Forum on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 February. Tickets are now available from Box Office on 04871 264455 or online at www.millenniumforum.co.uk.