Playboy, the Musical getting new outing to support Pete


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Playboy, the Musical getting new outing to support Pete Playboy, the Musical getting new outing to support Pete

Playboy, The Musical, a raucous and rollicking reworking of JM Synge’s classic play, will get a new outing at the city’s Town Hall Theatre on Tuesday, August 29.

Adapted by Diarmuid de Faoite and Justin McCarthy, the show was previously staged at the Town Hall as well as at Coole Park, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Killarney’s Muckross House.

This latest outing, for one night only, is in support of Pete Nelson, a stalwart of Galway’s professional theatre scene for more than 30 years. Pete is currently unwell and funds are needed to help him regain some independent mobility.

This musical version of The Playboy of the Western World is set in a radio studio in 1959 and includes a full cast, a live band and two foley artists creating hilarious live sound effects.  The story centres on the adventures of a group of radio players and session musicians who are recording The Playboy as a musical, before a live studio audience.

The cast for this special performance are: Eoin Ó Dubhghaill, Éilis McCarthy, Helen Gregg, Fred McCloskey, Fia Rua, Áine Ní Dhroigneáin, Philip Sweeney, Tracy Bruen and Jane Talbot, with special guest Rob Goodall as the narrator.

Written by Diarmuid De Faoite and Justin McCarthy, with Justin also providing the music, this stage show is a live version of their award-winning radio play, first broadcast by RTÉ in 2015 as part of its Drama on One Strand.

It went on to win bronze at the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Program Awards and was nominated for a PPI Award.

It was then adapted as a live theatre performance and presented in An Taibhdhearc for the 2016  Cúirt Festival of Literature, when it sold out and got a fantastic response.

In their adaptation, the storyline remains true to the original but is condensed through song and narrative to highlight the drama and wealth of language. The characters, in both spoken word and song, are reimagined as a mash-up of contemporary musical icons.

“The music, all original, evolves through the last 50 years of popular music, ranging from country and western to heavy metal ,” says Justin.

Tickets for Playboy, The Musical are €25/€23 and are available from the Town Hall Theatre at , or by phone from 091-569777.

Pictured: Helen Gregg in Playboy of the Western World, the Musical.         

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