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On guard!...all-action Oyster Lane launch at Selskar

OYSTER Lane Theatre Group chose the ruins of Selskar Abbey for an al-fresco launch of the their 2007 production, the Irish premiere of the musical, All 4 One'.

It was an inspired choice of venue, the crumbling, almost Gothic atmosphere complementing the tone and style of the musical, not that there's anything Gothic about the music!.

Even the weather was kind, with the rain holding off and the cold-snap giving way to a mild, if somewhat breezy, but very entertaining and well-organised evening.

And with flaming torches lit and the Man in the Iron Mask', as well as the odd Musketeer or two and some comely serving wenches, the night proved as big a success as Oyster Lane hope their latest production will be.

One 4 All'will be staged at the Dun Mhuire Theatre from Saturday, October 27, culminating in the OLTG's Gala Night on Friday, November 2.

The musical was the first collaboration between its composer, John Trent Wallace, who was on hand in Wexford on Friday night, and Kevin Heuston, and has Paul Walsh as its Director and Fight Co-ordinator, Patrick Clancy, as Musical Director and Suzanne O'Leary, as Choreographer.

All 4 One' is described as an emotive musical charting the life of D'Artagnan, played by Eric Hayes, who dreams of becoming a Musketeer.

The difficult and emotional role of Philippe/King Louis is played by James McDermott, while the three Musketeers Aramis, Athos and Porthos, have been ably cast, with Neal O'Leary, Barry Wadding and Mark Mahoney, showing they know with foils from their rapiers.

Madomoiselle Bonacieux is beautifully sung and acted by Heather Hadrill.

Newcomer Maggs Jacob will play Madame Coquenard, while another new face, Ciara Heron, takes the role as Anne of Austria, Phillipe's mother.

As you might expect there are plenty of baddies too, with Jussac played by Thomas O'Leary and Cahusac by Lee Hynes.

Inspired by The Three Musketeers' and the Man in the Iron Mask', One 4 All' delivers strong themes, high emotion, and timeless grace, centred around a dynamic musical style.

n Tickets are available online at ticketsireland.ie or 1850 305 305 and at the Dun Mhuire box office from Saturday, October 13, priced at ?20 for adults and ?12 for children.

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