Friday 15 December 2017

Paul's musical dream edging ever closer

Nicola Donnelly

A Ballyboughal producer, singer/songwriter has re-written one of his infamous musical dramas for the small stage and his dream is to have it performed 'all over the world and create a tourist trail for Fingal.'

Paul Redmond composed 'The Promise' in 2012 and it was hugely successful, selling out its five shows at Dublin's The Helix.

Now he has re-written it for a smaller stage and is hoping it will take the musical theatre by storm after Fingal residents get a taste of it as it will be performed in Fingal County Council's The Atrium on Saturday evening, March 11th, 18th and 25th at 8pm.

'The Promise' has already received fantastic support after its charity performances for the Blanchardstown Hospital Society Trust in The Academic Centre, based at James Connolly Memorial Hospital's campus, last weekend. 'It's a romantic period melodrama with five love stories intertwined,' Paul told the Fingal Independent.

The musical tells the story of love, romance, war, betrayal, lust, greed, hope and freedom, during Ireland's struggle against oppression in the 1800s.

Paul is convinced that if this romantic period melodrama is a success, the spin off for local tourism will be significant.

He the story and composed the music himself is convinced that the show will become an international success and will benefit tourism in the North County.

The initial scene in the musical is the Battle of Ballyboughal in 1798 and the story continues throughout the North County.

'There's no reason why there cannot be a tourist trail throughout the region, which has the potential to benefit hotels, pubs and businesses and create employment in the same way as Cong did from the Quiet Man. It could be called 'The Promise Trail', with visitors arriving at Dublin Airport, right in the heart of the area,' he said.

He thanked Fingal County Council for their generous grant towards the cost of the show.

Paul is a tenor who was trained by the late baritone and singing tutor Martin Dempsey and he is best known as the singer/songwriter with international duo Essence. Together with Canadian soprano Karen Lynch (who lives in Swords), Paul has performed throughout Ireland, the UK, Canada and the USA and was the first Irishman to represent Ireland at the Nanning International Music Festival in China, performing before an audience of 80,000 seated and over five hundred million watching live on Chinese television.

Tickets for 'The Promise' at The Atrium in Fingal County Hall are priced at €15/€10 concession and are available from or or by phoning Paul at 087 2892056

Fingal Independent

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