Sunday 26 May 2019

David's musical scoops four Olivier awards at London show

Great news arrives to Drogheda from London this week, as the London theatre smash 'Come From Away' scooped four much-coveted Olivier awards, including Best New Musical.

Regular readers of the Drogheda Independent will recall that one of the stars of the 911-themed show is Bettystown native David Shannon, and he shared his joy at the award with his hometown.

"I'm part of something truly special, a show changing people's hearts and minds every day, with an incredible ensemble supported by an incredible team backstage," said David, who has lived in London since the 90s.

"I'm so grateful that Graham (McLaren) and Neil (Murray), co-directors of the Abbey Theatre, took the risk to start the moment in my national theatre."

'Come From Away', which tells the story of a small town that took in stranded travellers after the 9/11 attacks, won the Best New Musical award, as well as Best Sound Design, Best Choreography and Outstanding Achievement in Music.

The actor who grew up on the East Meath coast as David Greenway, is clearly triumphing in his role as Kevin T, Garth and others, which opened in the West End in London in February after a sold-out run at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

"Everything I am as an actor is because of what I learned at Drogheda Grammar School and my time in Drogheda and Dundalk Musical societies," adds David.

"And of course, I couldn't do this without the continual support of my family and friends."

Drogheda Independent