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After a three-year gap, Portlaoise Musical Society are back with great new show

Portlaoise Musical Society

Portlaoise Musical Society are back after a three-year interval, due to the pandemic, with the Irish musical premiere of the sensational stage hit show ‘Sunshine on Leith – The Musical’. 

The award-winning local group will be on stage in the Dunamaise Arts Centre from November 19-26.

Featuring music by Scottish pop-folk band The Proclaimers, ‘Sunshine on Leith – The Musical’ is a funny, energetic and heartfelt piece of musical theatre about the power of home, family and love.

The story follows the highs and lows of Davy and Ally, who, after coming home from serving in Afghanistan, have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh, together with their girlfriends and parents.

Don’t miss the timeless songs of the much-loved Proclaimers, including I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), Letter from America, I’m on my Way and of course the emotive Sunshine on Leith performed by the multi-award-winning Portlaoise Musical Society that is sure to raise the roof off Dunamaise Arts Centre and have its audiences buzzing!

Chairperson of Portlaoise Musical Society JJ Tynan said: “We are absolutely over the moon to finally be able to get back on the stage and bring some sunshine to the people of Laois in this gem of a show!

“We guarantee a week full of emotion and energy with lots of enjoyment for those on the stage and those watching! The music is well known and with our talented crew, we are confident of, yet again, raising the roof off Dunamaise Arts Centre”!

Portlaoise Musical Society, established in 1999, were winners of many awards over the years including most recently A.I.M.S. ‘Best Overall Show’ with Titanic – The Musical in 2019 and ‘Best Overall Show’ (Runner-up), ‘Best Visual’ and ‘Best Actor’ (Shane Kelly) with ‘Ragtime-The Musical’ in 2020!

The show features an award-winning production team including Director Paul Norton, Musical Director Emer Hartnett and Choreographer: Stephanie Browne and a cast and chorus of more than 50 people.

The main cast includes some names well known to the Dunamaise stage as well as some new including Shane Kelly; Eoghan Fingleton; Aishling Rohan; Sarah Troy; Hilary Treacy; Andrew Docherty and Aoife Digan.

Supporting roles will be filled by Rory Chadwick, David Walshe, John Lynch, Johnny Mulhare, John Coss, Aishling Geoghegan, Tríona Talbot, Emma Phelan, Dawn Kavanagh, Joan White, Claire Carroll, Derek McGinn, Jamie O’Callaghan, Laoise O’Connell and Teresa Lynch. 

Sunshine on Leith is written by Stephen Greenhorn and features songs by The Proclaimers. Created & produced by Dundee Rep Theatre, Scotland’s leading production theatre. 

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI www.mtishows.co.uk .

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