Articles

MICHAEL COLLINS

The tapestry of Irish history boasts many an iconic figure weaved into its fabric, their legacies fuelling the stories and memories of our past and present peoples; none more so than Michael Collins. Revered by some, resented by others ‘The Big Fella’ as he was affectionately known, has imprinted his story upon the psyche and culture of our politics and our people since the volatile events of the Irish Civil war and his ultimate assassination in 1922 at Beal na Blath.

Bryan Flynn's acclaimed Michael Collins - A Musical Drama will run in the Watergate Theatre from April 6th.

Michael Hayes, Ciarán Dunphy and Kevina Hayes lead the front line as Michael Collins, Eamonn De Valera and Kitty Kiernan respectively. There has been some commotion in the weeks running into this production as several life-size cutouts of Michael Collins were stolen from the streets of Kilkenny. There has been much speculation about the thieves’ motives, with opinions ranging from ardent supporters collecting memorabilia to political dissidents seeking to cull promotion of the Big Fella. The real reason for the thefts may never be known but it has certainly piqued people’s interests, to the extent that even some news outlets have reported on the story. Following all this excitement, it is no surprise to learn that the show has completely sold out, well in advance of its run.

Last night, Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny set the scene for the incredible launch night for Michael Collins - A Musical Drama, which will be directed by Christine Scarry in April 2014.

Directed by Christine Scarry, ESB Madsoc celebrate their 30th anniversary this year with a concert on March 1st in the National Concert Hall, with a full orchestra under the baton of Gay Kirwan.

In addition to Opera in the Open at Wood Quay, this year we are also in the beautiful surrounds of Merrion Square for the month of June 2013 .... La Bohème (Puccini), Rigoletto (Verdi) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) from 7th June onwards.

Directed by Christine Scarry, musical direction by David Wray

 

A CAFÉ CABARET

Well-equipped to take on the most challenging composers in Musical Theatre are singer/actors Clare O'Malley and Richard Shaffrey. Join them on a journey through the musicals as they sing the work of Sondheim, Weill, Gilbert and Sullivan, Menken, Bucchino and Schwartz.

Starring Richard Shaffrey and Clare O'Malley

Directed by Christine Scarry; Accompanied by David Wray

(in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland)

Sunday, 5th May at 7.30pm (doors at 7pm)
Bewley's Café Theatre
2nd Floor, Bewley's Café,
78/79 Grafton Street,
Dublin 2.

(in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland)

Directed by Christine Scarry, accompanied by David Wray, join Clare O'Malley and Richard Shaffrey as they sing the work of Sondheim, Weill, Gilbert and Sullivan, Menken, Bucchino and Schwartz.  

Sunday, 5th May at 7.30pm (doors at 7pm) Tickets: €15 Bar open from 7pm - Reservations highly recommended at 087 9892994 (Limited Seating)

Opening April 10th, the iconic musical: RENT - follow the journey of a group of impoverished young friends struggling with artistic frustration in New York City under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. They embrace their uncertain futures, facing each day with enthusiasm and humour, living life to the fullest as if there were “No Day but Today”.