Press platform for world premier ‘Angela’s Ashes The Musical’

At The Green Yard Café were Louise Donlon, general manager Lime Tree; Mayor Kieran O’ Hanlon and Pat Moylan, producer
Pic: Gareth Williams

THERE was lively footfall to Green Yard Café on Tuesday morning for media launch of ‘Angela’s Ashes The Musical’ and its world premier in Limerick on July 6, locking in for 11 performances at Lime Tree Theatre.

Heading up the venue’s team, host for this major venture costing €750,000, general manager Louise Donlon welcomed Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon, show producer Pat Moylan, Myles Breen of Bottom Dog Theatre, playwright Mike Finn, Una Heaton of the Frank McCourt Museum, Jean McGlynn of Frontline Stage School, music/ theatre promotors Mike and Valerie Dolan, Maeve Butler of Dance Limerick, Pippa Little of Limerick Arts Office, publicans Robert and Fiona Byrne and a dozen more supporters.

Officiating, Mayor O’Hanlon made the point that “Angela’s Ashes is a story of hope, fortitude and family. There are elements to it that make up life and these are the elements that will be reflected in the musical in July. Frank McCourt writes about the humour, strength and resilience of Limerick people and of Limerick women in particular”.

Finalising, he commended on securing first sight of this new, professional production “which will be the largest commercial venture to date for the Lime Tree Theatre”.

Funded by investors to lift its 40+ caravan, Bord Ghais Theatre in Dublin and Belfast’s Grand Opera House take it subsequently and London’s West End is end game.

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Next week, read Limerick Post’s interview with veteran producer Pat Moylan, behind the Gaiety Theatre’s ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ with Breda Cashe; and ‘The Field’ with Michael Harding last year alone. Photos by Gareth Williams

Ciara Ni Shuilleabháin, Mary Immaculate College and Grace Cameron, Lime Tree Theatre
Fiona and Robert Byrne, Bobby Byrne’s Bar and Julie Long, GBM







Marketa Dowling, programme manager for Belltable and Pippa Little, Limerick Arts Office
Ali Molloy, Amanda Flannery and Kayleigh Ziolo, The Limerick Magazine editor







Valerie and Mick Dolan of Dolan’s Bar and Jean McGlynn, actor/ Frontline Stage School
Terry O’ Donovan, director/actor and Maeve Butler, Dance Limerick









Una Heaton of Frank McCourt Museum and Mike Finn, Belltable’s theatre artist in residence
Bridie Breen with Myles Breen, actor, playwright and producer with Bottom Dog Theatre Company