It's very much the dawning of a new era for the Wexford Drama Festival as it prepares for curtain up on its 57th year. Leaving behind a long and storied history at the closing of Dun Mhuire Theatre, this year's festival, which runs from March 6 to 13, is the very first to take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Jerome Hynes Theatre in the National Opera House.
More than 30 years after Michael Douglas's anti-hero Gordon Gekko coldly professed that 'greed, for lack of a better word, is good', director Michael Winterbottom sharpens claws to scratch out the eyes of modern-day capitalism in a glossy satire of bloated, bullying haves and much-abused have-nots.
Classic love song 'Can't Help Falling In Love' was recorded by Elvis Presley for the soundtrack of his 1961 movie 'Blue Hawaii'. It was released in the UK in 1962 as a double-A side single with 'Rock-A-Hula-Baby' but 'Can't Help Falling In Love' was the impetus for the drive to number one and the subsequent four weeks at the top of the UK chart.
Comedian Andrew Maxwell has come a long way since he decided to follow in the footsteps of Ardal O'Hanlon and other Irish funny men during his early 20s and head off to follow his passion for stand up comedy to the UK, which then brought him to the US, Australia and back again to the UK and Ireland.
The 69th Wexford Festival Opera won't open for another 10 months but the new Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi has hit ground running with final casting for the 2020 event currently taking place and auditions for the Wexford Factory, an academy of young Irish singers, due to be held later this month.
Sheila Creevey, one of the musical Creevey family of Kilmore and Kilkenny, is returning from the UK to take up the post of chief executive officer of Dance Ireland, the representative body which helps professional artists and dance enthusiasts to achieve their creative potential.
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