Thursday 8 December 2016

RTÉ's 'Centenary' may be brought to stage after 'high praise'

Ciara Treacy

Published 30/03/2016 | 02:30

Pictured on main stage Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was act titled 'Protesting' performered by ; Song The Minstrel Boy ; Composer Thomas Moore ; Singer Jack Lukeman ; Orchestration Joe Csibi & Ewan Cowley. at the Picture Andres Poveda Photography
Pictured on main stage Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was act titled 'Protesting' performered by ; Song The Minstrel Boy ; Composer Thomas Moore ; Singer Jack Lukeman ; Orchestration Joe Csibi & Ewan Cowley. at the Picture Andres Poveda Photography
Glen Killane of RTE

It has been hailed by some as the new 'Riverdance' and RTÉ has not ruled out bringing 'Centenary' to the stage in a similar fashion.

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The State broadcaster's 1916 programme of events culminated on Easter Monday night with the broadcast of the one-off cultural celebration featuring some of Ireland's top acts.

Funded by RTÉ and Ireland 2016, 'Centenary' attracted an audience of 491,000 viewers on RTÉ One, with the show repeated on television last night.

Glen Killane, project lead of RTÉ 1916 and managing director of RTÉ Television, said he was "bursting with pride" on behalf of the team and felt that the comparison with 'Riverdance' by viewers was "pretty high praise".

"We have had discussions around the potential for releasing a DVD and doing a show, but we have to look at the economics and finance of it," he said yesterday.

"There has been so much going on that we wanted to get everything done to the highest possible standard but we are looking at it."

While RTÉ holds the rights to the creative concept of 'Centenary', the music rights would have to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis, he added.

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