AN ACCLAIMED tenor from Ballyboughal has used Fingal as the backdrop to a new musical drama set to hit the stage in September which he hopes will 'do for Fingal, what The Quiet Man did for the west'.
Set in 18th century Fingal, ' The Promise' by Paul Redmond is set for its world premier in The Helix in September and is likely to tour the UK and US with huge ambitions for the show and a musical director who cut his teeth on the biggest theatrical phenomenon ever to come out of Ireland – Riverdance. Paul was determined to launch the show, so influenced by growing up in Fingal, in the heart of the county so what better place than at County Hall itself in Swords. The production was officially launched at Fingal Council Offices in Swords last Tuesday evening, August 7, where Paul explained that the story and many locations featured in the play are located in the Fingal area. 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 United States.' With over two months to go to opening night, the tickets for all six performances are already almost sold out, with many who have seen an earlier 'raw' performance of the production keen to see the production again...and that's good news for Paul who has made a heavy personal investment into the show and has, quite literally, bet his house on its success. Whetting the appetite of audiences for the show, Paul Redmond said: ' The creative process around The Promise has been an incredible experience and the live performances will be worth waiting for.' The tenor said the show has been workshopped in front of live audiences and a standing ovation is par for the course already. There is a huge buzz building around the show in theatrical circles and it is hoped that The Promise will bring Fingal to the attention of the world. ' The Promise' runs from September 26 to 29 at the Helix, Dublin. Tickets, from €20, are available from the Helix box office or Helix.ie or thepromisemusical.ie