OLIVER! THE MUSICAL Will Be Revived Next Month At The Mac, Belfast

OLIVER! THE MUSICAL Will Be Revived Next Month At The Mac, Belfast

Northern Ireland's Flax Trust Art's production of Oliver! The Musical is set to be revived one more time this January, due to huge and unprecedented public demand, at The Mac in Belfast. The show will open on Tuesday 15 January and run for strictly five performances only. Book now from www.TheMacLive.com

The summer 2018 production, a first of it's kind for Flax Trust, enjoyed a sold-out run over as one of the star attractions at this year's cross-community Ardoyne and Marrowbone Festival, a festival that is designed to build cross-community relations in North Belfast. Oliver! The Musical is based on Charles Dickens children's novel Oliver Twist, which tells the story of a young workhouse orphan boy who is sold for greedy money in 1850's London. He becomes lost and alone having run away from those who bought him and finds himself in a dark world of violence and crime, mischief and mayhem whilst befriending street-wise trickster Dodger.

Oliver! The Musical company features a cast of over seventy people, ranging from seven to seventy. The creative team includes Director Megan Mooney, Musical Direction is by Ryan Greer, Choreographer Christen McAuley. Set Design by Christoper Mullan. Sound and Light Design by ACK productions and score by Lionel Bart.

Leading the company in the darkly comic role of Fagin is Paul Maguire, Aoife Rafferty as Oliver, Darragh Maguire as Artful Dodger. Completing the principle roles include Gary Keenan as Bill Sykes, Megan Mooney as Nancy, Drew Reid as Mr. Bumble, Catherine Ferrin as Widow Corney, Ciaran Campbell and Kathy Rogan as Mr and Mrs Soweberry plus an ensemble cast of over fifty.

The idea for a full-scale theatrical production has been the vision of the Flax Trust for quite some time "For over 40 years Flax Trust has been delivering a wide and exciting range of arts based projects, concerts to thousands of people across Belfast but a theatrical production was something that had never been produced before. It was important that we chose a production that had mass appeal and one that children and adults could be part of ." commenting on her cast Artistic Director Megan Mooney said "I've been extremely lucky with the cast we have in that, it's age realistic. That can be very difficult to achieve with a essentially new company as people want you to prove your worth beforehand quite a lot of the time and we'd never done this type of project before. Most of the company you will see on stage are from the Belfast area but other members of the company travel from all parts of Northern Ireland and it really is one massive happy, fun loving family. See you on opening night"

Oliver! The Musical is the must-see lavish family-friendly musical you can't afford to miss this new year. Featuring some of the most famous show tunes including 'You've Got To Pick A Pocket-Or-Two', 'It's A Fine Life', 'Consider Yourself', 'Where Is Love', 'Who Will Buy' and who can forget the uplifting, blurry eyed crowd pleaser 'Oom Pah-Pah'.

Oliver! The Musical at The Mac runs from Tuesday 15 January to Saturday 19th January. Visit www.TheMacLive.com for booking and further info.

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