Premiere of New Irish Musical in Dublin
The Helix Theatre in Dublin presented the premiere of a new Irish musical ’The Promise’ by Paul Redmond from September 26-29.
The romantic period musical melodrama is set in Ireland’s turbulent past. It tells the story of three men’s lives after their paths colide on an Irish battlefield in the 1800s. ’The Promise’ goes on to chronicle one man’s struggle to keep his word to his dying father, another man’s craving for respect and the need to protect terrible secrets from his past, and a third man’s lust and pursuit of revenge. ’The Promise’ also weaves together four very different love stories: a story of a love that is made in heaven, another a love of youthful passion, a love that is based on a lie, and a fourth that is doomed from the very start.
Based on his own book “The Promise”, Paul Redmond has been working on this piece for several years. The former sailor and fireman started to fullfil his dreams and became a song writer and a singer. He has written more than 25 songs so far.
’The Promise’ musical is being produced by former Riverdance director David Hayes and renowned director Brian Flynn. Mr Hayes’ recording credits include work with Donal Lunny, Davy Spillane, Sinead O’Connor, Phil Coulter, Brian Kennedy, Declan Masterson, Tommy Fleming and Kate Bush. Some of his film credits include ’Circle of Friends’, music directorship for ’Some Mother’s Son’ and co-composer for ’ The Sun, Moon and Stars’. Additionally he has provided soundtracks for many documentaries by Kairos Productions and was responsible for the production music and opening sequences for two Eurovision Song Contests in 1994 and 1995. Over the last 15 years, Mr Flynn has produced, directed and designed more than 70 productions, including ’Chess’, ’Oklahoma’, ’Mack & Mabel’, ’Sweeney Todd’, ’Chicago’ and ’ Cabaret’. In 2010, he directed the Irish national tour of ’Fame - the Musical’.
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