A Tribute to Peadar Lamb

The versatile and much respected actor, Peadar Lamb, passed away in his 88th year on the 1st of September, after a much lauded and long career. The son of the celebrated painter Charles Lamb, he grew up in Conamara and was married to well-known actress Geraldine Plunkett.

He became a member of the Abbey Theatre Company in 1954, having established himself in English and Irish Language stage productions. For the next thirty years he performed in almost every play there, in the canons of O’Casey, Behan, Bouccicault and Synge, several plays of Bernard Shaw and Becket and, numerous Irish Premiere’s.

In 1990 he toured North America in JM Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, played Dr. Burke in the TV movie, The Lilac Bus, and the Registrar in December Bride,

On leaving the Abbey Players, Peadar continued to perform as a freelance actor and received much acclaim for comedy and serious roles on stage and in film. In 2002 Peadar, and his wife Geraldine, played leading roles in a production of Tony Guerin’s play, Hummin’ for the Red Kettle company.

His film debut was in 1959 in This Other Eden, and a staggering total of a further 42 credits followed, his last being the television series, No Offence in 2015. Peadar also guested many times for the RTE Players on Radio and had a wonderful tenor voice which he used to good effect in plays.

A longstanding member of Irish Actors Equity, Peadar was a strong supporter of Actor’s rights and in 1969 was a member of the Abbey Theatre, Players’ Council which negotiated new contract conditions, selflessly representing the Abbey Actors for several years.

Peadar will be a great loss to the theatrical profession, and his dedication, comradeship, encouragement and loyalty will be sorely missed. A pleasure to work with, a delight to be in his ever-jovial company, his willingness to embrace all things, ensured that he was, truly, a ‘man for all seasons’.

Laurence Foster,
September 3rd 2017