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Ciarán Dowd 2018 Best Newcomer Winner

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Don Rodolfo

Ciarán Dowd put his all into his debut solo show. In a spoof of swashbuckling adventures, Dowd – one third of sketch troupe BEASTS – played Don Rodolfo Martini Toyota, a debauched 17th century Spanish adventurer, complete with Zorro-esque sword, dodgy accent and an eye for the ladies. It was a ridiculously silly hour, packed full of high-energy set pieces, rug-pulling one-liners and a strong, twisting narrative.