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Musical set in Fingal ready to take on the world

JOHN MANNING

Published 09/10/2012 | 12:40

Writer Paul Redmond at the launch party of "The Promise" the musical.

A NEW musical set in Fingal has just finished a sold-out run at the Helix and is now ready to take on the world and ' do for Fingal, what The Quiet Man did for the west'.

That is the ambition of acclaimed tenor from Ballyboughal, Paul Redmond, an ex-firefighter who has written The Promise which had its world premiere recently at the Helix where it brought the house down in a sold-out run. Set in 18th century Fingal, ' The Promise' is set to tour the UK and US with huge ambitions for the show and a musical director on board who cut his teeth on the biggest theatrical phenomenon ever to come out of Ireland – Riverdance. But the production is the brainchild of the renowned tenor and songwriter who has turned his hand to scriptwriting for this powerful drama. Paul has performed in the US, UK and China in addition to having a loyal fan base in Ireland for his performances as part of the duet Essence, with soprano Karen Lynch. The music that features in the play is also written by the local tenor. The Ballyboughal tenor said of the show: ' The storyline for the production centres around intrigue, love, hatred and a promise made to a dying man that has far-reaching consequences many years later. 'It features powerful drama, violence and passion but there are humourous moments too.' Already, strong interest has been expressed in the production in the United States. Paul has made a heavy personal investment into the show and has, quite literally, bet his house on its success. Paul is an ex-fireman and chief fire officer, Stephen Brady, a former colleague in the fire brigade, was at the Helix to see the birth of ' The Promise'. He said of the show: ' This musical has tremendous tourism potential for Fingal and would fit in wonderfully to the tourism jigsaw of the area. A unique selling point, a jewel in the crown for peace and reconciliation as well.'

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