Siamsa pair play Sydney Opera House
Published 09/08/2014 | 00:00
TWO of Siamsa Tire's former stars, each with very strong Kerry connections, are to bring their latest theatre production to the hallowed ground of the Sydney Opera House as part of a three-week tour of Australia.
Louis Lovett – best known as Killnascully's German sausage vendor, Dieter Langer – and his wife Muireann Ahern Lovett are currently touring Australia with their show 'The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly'.
Already well known to Tralee audiences from their time in Siamsa Tire, Muireann's mother Mary Healy comes from Feothanagh in West Kerry. Her grandfather was the creamery manager there and her grandmother, Nora Ní Shé, taught on the Great Blasket Island. Muireann's late father, Pat Ahern, from Gortatlea, outside Castleisland, played football with Kerry and Laune Rangers in the '60s and was very proud of Muireann and Louis' theatrical career.
Louis is no stranger to Kerry either, as his grandfather Micheál Lovett came from Lathievemore, near Ballyferriter, while his cousin Joan Lovett Quinlan lives in Farranfore. Louis and Muireann honeymooned in West Kerry in 2006, staying in Feothanagh.
The pair met in 2000 while working on a theatre production for children in Dublin and formed Theatre Lovett in 2010. This week they kick off an exciting Australian tour with performances at the Melbourne Arts Centre, The Joan Sutherland Centre for the Performing Arts and the Sydney Opera House.
"It is no small thing for a theatre company to perform on the prestigious Sydney Opera House stage and we are absolutely thrilled to be representing Ireland there," Muireann said. "We are also looking forward to seeing some familiar faces in the audience as we both have cousins and friends out there."
Last year Muireann and Louis toured to New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Pittsburgh and will tour in London and Ireland next year.