They’re liv­ing a house bus dream

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

“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.

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