Nuns’ Chorus is a community play that was written by our very own Sally Mulready. The play is set in Ireland in the 1950s. It follows a group of Carmelite nuns from an enclosed order as they are sent beyond the convent walls for the first time in many years. Their ‘enforced holiday’ to Galway Bay sees them explore the paths which led them to convent life, and to a deepening understanding of the meaning of their sisterhood. The play is a sensitive, honest, at times funny, at times deeply moving journey through a very challenging part of Ireland’s story. The play also includes Irish music, song and dance, and references to great Irish literature.
Under the inspired direction of Nora Mulready, the play has so far been performed 5 times to high acclaim and rave reviews, with many people returning to see the play for a 2nd and 3rd time! If you haven’t managed to catch a performance yet…Don’t Panic! There is still one chance left to see it. There will be one final performance at the Haringey Irish Centre on Thursday 21st July. See https://nunschorus.wordpress.com/tour-dates-and-tickets/ for more information.
Last night we hosted a very special performance with a VIP Reception at the Park Theatre in Islington, London. The event was a sell out and we are very gratefull to his Excellency the Irish Ambassador to Great Britain Dan Mulhall and his wife Greta Mulhall for attending and for his very kind words following the performance. Also in attendance were members of the Irish Community, representative from various Irish organisations from around the UK, the Irish in Britain, the Ireland fund of Great Britain and the Irish Embassy in London.
We opened the show with a very special collaboration between Hackney School of Folk Music and the Irish Pensioners Choir. They performed a wonderful rendition of Patrick Kavanagh’s poem Raglan Road, with vocal solos from Clara McCaughey, one of the members of Hackney School of Folk, and Sally Mulready. The original arrangement composed especially for this collaboration also included soaring harmonies, and a an instrumental performed by all members of the Hackney School of Folk. Information about how to be involved with Hackney School of Folk Music can be found here: http://www.hackneyschooloffolk.com/
The theatre was filled with singing, laughter and tears throughout the following performance of Nuns’ Chorus. The actors gave their best performance yet, and they continue to grow in confidence on the stage and in their own abilities as actors, singers and performers. Thank you to everyone who has attended the performances so far, and to everyone who came along in support to the Park Theatre last night. Thank you to our funders, the Irish Emigrant Support Programme and the Ireland Fund of Great Britain, and to everyone who has helped to make this play and tour possible. Fr Clive Lee, Natasha Lohan, Jacqueline Hynes, Anita Faccenda, Billy Faughnan, and of course Sally Mulready and Nora Mulready.
Keep your eyes peeled for more opportunities to be involved in older Irish drama and other culture and arts based projects organised and curated by the Irish Elders Culture Office.