Coup as Oys­ter Lane land rights to stage ‘Michael Collins’

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

IN a ma­jor coup the Oys­ter Lane The­atre Group have se­cured the rights to stage Michael Collins - A Mu­si­cal Drama this Oc­to­ber.

The group had been set to stage Guys and Dolls this Oc­to­ber but in re­cent weeks man­aged to get per­mis­sion to stage Michael Collins which they snapped up. It will be the first time a mu­si­cal so­ci­ety has staged this crit­i­cally ac­claimed mu­si­cal drama since 2014.

Michael Collins - A Mu­si­cal Drama will be staged in the Dun Mhuire The­atre from Oc­to­ber 22 to Oc­to­ber 27 as a fringe event of the Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera.

The pow­er­ful show, writ­ten by Brian Flynn, tells the tale of ‘the big fella’ Michael Collins and is set against the back­drop of the War of In­de­pen­dence, the treaty ne­go­ti­a­tions and the en­su­ing civil war cul­mi­nat­ing in his un­timely death at Béal na Bláth.

Michael Collins - A Mu­si­cal Drama gives au­di­ences a mes­meris­ing por­trayal of some of the ma­jor events in Ir­ish his­tory through a won­der­fully writ­ten script and some beau­ti­fully writ­ten mu­si­cal num­bers.

Chair­per­son of Oys­ter Lane The­atre Group Greg O’Leary said: ‘We are de­lighted to have been given the op­por­tu­nity to stage such an ex­cep­tional piece of the­atre. We had pre­vi­ously an­nounced ‘Guys and Dolls’ as our show for this year but when Michael Collins - A Mu­si­cal Drama be­came avail­able in re­cent weeks it was too big an op­por­tu­nity to pass up. We also re­cently an­nounced that we will be stag­ing ‘Grease’ next year so there are very ex­cit­ing times ahead’.

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