Ireland’s Call, inspired by true events spanning over 3 decades, comes to the Theatre Royal in Norwich on March 27th. The contrasting range of stars, from West End performers to touring performers and even performers from the surrounding areas such as Norfolk, will come together to come to the stage 100 years since the country’s historic 1916 Easter Rising. The uplifting musical tells the story of Sean Dempsey who decides to makes the tough decision to leave his Irish homeland and his childhood sweetheart Cora to try and make a new life in the Big Apple.
But will their love survive when they are at either side of the Atlantic, and how will Sean cope with life away from his beloved Ireland? Oh the drama!!
Taking on the lead role of Sean Dempsey is Mike Burr, who has been a long-serving cast-member of the show’s forerunner Essence of Ireland, will star opposite Cork-born Shauna Barry, who has performed alongside singing stars Hannah Waddingham and Bryn Terfel. Three of the cast also have links to the Norfolk area. Chris Duggan, who plays Jonny Rocco, lived near Hunstanton for many years before heading to America to develop his music career. Ensemble member Lizzie Stanley went to school in Norfolk and fellow ensemble performer Jade Spooner is from Lowestoft.
In addition, students from the King’s Lynn-based Noise and Chance School of Dance will be performing alongside the main cast on stage.
The director, Ged Graham, for Ireland’s Call, believes 2016 is the perfect time to launch the show. He says:
“We are really looking forward to bringing the show to stages across the world, starting with some of the UK’s most prestigious venues in 2016, a year set to be a huge celebration of Irish culture to commemorate the centenary of The Easter Rising.” He also mentioned “Everyone has been separated from loved ones and their homes at some point in their lives, so this is a story that people can really engage with and relate to, myself included”.
Ged Graham was born in the Liberties in Dublin and remembers moving to the UK when he was nine.
“The audience is drawn in to the story and swept on a journey that is both heart-breaking and heart-warming. It is set against a backdrop of key historical events including America’s introduction to rock and roll, the rebuilding of London post World War Two, and John F Kennedy’s historic presidential visit to Ireland in 1963. It’s a story full of emotional highs and lows.”
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Ireland’s Call, Sunday 27 March at 7.30pm. Tickets £7-£23.50. Discounts for Friends.
To book, call the box office on 01603 630 000 or log on to www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk