REPORT ON NEW IRISH MUSICAL THE PROMISE
The new Irish musical The Promise which opened the Swords Summer Festival last month in the magnificent setting of Swords Castle received a tremendous response reports Catherine Fox, it’s Promotions Manager
The now splendidly restored Swords Castle, played to a packed house who were enthralled by the superb music and high drama as The Promise musical drama graced the stage of the temporary theatre within the Castle walls on July 20th last.
The cast of 10 actors/singers accompanied by a six-piece orchestra and supported by a 20 strong choir, rose to the occasion.
The drama and truly inspiring songs kept both the cast and audience engaged as they moved through the drama.
The song ‘Come Men of Erin’’ united the cast and audience against a common enemy. The romance of the musical blossomed as ‘I Promise to love You’ was sung, while ‘Across Blue Waters’ brought to the fore, all of the emotions surrounding emigration, as relevant today as it was then. But is was the song “Lark of Ballyboughal” which brought a tear to the eye of many of the audience who responded to the performance with a prolonged standing ovation.
Writer and composer Paul Redmond says “ We are now on course to take The Promise to a wider national audience and hopefully also onto the international stage, and I am so proud that the story and setting brings Ballyboughal and the region to the fore”
The Promise is set in early 19th century Ireland and takes some of its inspiration from the final battle on the east coast of Ireland of the United Irishmen at Drishoge in North County Dublin in 1798.