Currently on screen as John Millington Synge in Citizen Lane directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan, and in Tim Crouch’s England with Gaitkrash Theatre Company for the Cork Midsummer Festival.
Prendergast gives a pitch perfect rendition of a reading from the novel at one stage, making for one of the film’s most memorable and impressive moments.
Colin J McCracken review of Shem The Penman Sings Again, Lastcinema.com
Productions often cast me as articulate and analytical types with an artistic side. The characters I play tend to be trustworthy and reliable, and there’s almost always a complex or philosophical angle to their personality.
I thrive in projects that tell a meaningful story which examine the human condition or have a strong sense of social justice. I enjoy the escapism of art as a refuge from reality, but I also believe that art needs to challenge, question and hold a mirror up to society to motivate improvement or, at the very least, stimulate discussion.
As an experienced actor with both theatre and screen credits, I take every opportunity to improve my craft. For the past two years I explored the teachings of Meisner, Adler and Strasberg under acting coach Tom Kibbe and attended workshops and masterclasses in Bow Street with Gerry Grennell and Cathy Brady.
Recently I appeared in Peter Foott’s The Young Offenders and Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship. On television I am in episodes of Red Rock, Vikings and Penny Dreadful.
|Shem The Penman Sings Again||Shem / James Joyce||Padraig Trehy||Pooleen Productions Limited|
|Love & Friendship||Approaching Gentleman||Whit Stillman||Blinder Films|
|The Young Offenders||Bad News Man||Peter Foott||Vico Films|
|Citizen Lane||J M Synge||Thaddeus O'Sullivan||Citizen Lane DAC|
|Vikings V||Bishop Cynebert||David Wellington||Octagon / Take 5 Productions|
|Red Rock Season 2||Neil Jones||Ruth Meehan||Element Pictures / Company Picture|
|Penny Dreadful||English Gentleman||Dearbhla Walsh||Showtime|
|The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart||The Devil / Various||Julie Kelleher||The Everyman Theatre|
|Fewer Emergencies||Various||Tony McCleane-Faye||Granary Productions|
Whether training, rehearsing or performing, when I work as an actor I am alive.