Category - Dance
Date - Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:00 pm

DATE: Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

TIME: 8.00pm

VENUE: Westport Town Hall

Féile Cuan Módh – Grace O’Malley, A Legacy” is an original Theatre and musicial presentation produced as a collaborative legacy project to honour one of Ireland’s most famous women: Grace O’Malley (Granuaile). The show will have its world premiere as the headline event of the O’Malley Clan Association’s 64th Annual Clan Rally on 23rd June 2018 in Westport. The production features original pieces of music and drama that tell the true story of Grace O’Malley – the script for which has been written and is directed by world-renowned author and biographer Anne Chambers. The main theatre piece is an exerpt from Anne Chambers play “Matriarchs”.  It is a drama about ageism and sexism, as experienced by two powerful women; Grace O’Malley (played by Regina McCormack) and Queen Elizabeth 1 (played by Brónach Joyce). It is set on the eve of the famous Battle of Kinsale, 1601.

The production will feature a newly formed youth choir consisting of 14 members aged 12 to 17 years of age (the Mac Luí Youth Choir). This choir has been put together by the Westport Community Youth Initiative with local Musical Director Gerry McNally heading up the overall musical direction of this production. The production will also feature a mixture of 8 adult and youth musicians stemming from The Octagon Ensemble, a string orchestra that was formed in the Westport Theatre in 2016 under the direction of Patrick Early.

Both the orchestra and the choir will be performing excerpts from Shaun Davey’s world-renowed “Granuaile Suite” – and we are delighted that Shaun Davey himself has given his blessing to us including his musical scores.

Members of the Clew Bay Pipe Band will perform with local World Class Irish Dancers, having produced dance pieces to be performed on stage in honour of Grace O’Malley and Clew Bay.

“Féile Cuan Módh – Grace O’Malley, A Legacy” gives a unique platform to our local amateur and professional artists as they come together to tell the story of a person of great significance to our local, national and international heritage.