They’re living a house bus dream
“I gave up my nine-to-five job six years ago. Now I’m a full time itinerant musician.” Happy? “Oh yes. It’s a very satisfying life,” smiled Kieran Callaghan, musical director for Repertory Theatre’s Christmas pantomime Dick Whittington and His Cat.
“Winter’s a bit quieter. We play a lot of gigs in bars in the winter and sometimes we have to do other work to keep going, but it’s all worth it.” Kieran couldn’t stop grinning as he described his lifestyle. I must say it sounded idyllic and he seemed a very contented soul.This lifestyle includes travelling throughout the country playing gigs at popular holiday spots like Taupo, Coromandel, Whitianga. It sounded great.
Kieran has an extensive theatrical background, acting, singing lead roles and providing musical accompaniment in the Taranaki region. He has belonged to the Opunake Lakeside Players, the New Plymouth Operatic Society, New Plymouth Little Theatre and New Plymouth Repertory Theatre. No prizes for guessing he comes from New Plymouth.
When he was asked to be the musical director for Dick Whittington and His Cat Kieran thought it was too good an opportunity to pass up, another experience to add to his CV. The music for Dick Whittington is quintessentially panto according to Kieran.
“I enjoy panto — the wit, the pop culture, audience involvement and getting the kids up on stage,” he said.
We’re fortunate in that Kieran and his wife Heather have relocated to Whanganui and intend to stay for some time. They live in a self-contained big blue truck, which is ideal for their choice of lifestyle.
“Wanganui’s been very welcoming. No one’s complained about the house bus. There are plenty of freedom camping spots and we can park up at our friends’ and family’s places.”
We’ll see Kieran’s Gypsy Blue Band at our Christmas Parade on December 8, and performances as part of the Caboodle weekend. First of all though, Whanganui will benefit from Kieran’s talent at Repertory’s production of Dick Whittington and His Cat. It’ll be a lively show.
Heather and Kieran.
The truck, the lifestyle, Gypsy Blue.