FLYNN musical play
Peacock Theatre – 24th & 25th November 2017 & Patrick Kavanagh Centre 30th November 2017.
(Anniversary of Patrick Kavanagh’s death).
A brand new musical that has its base in Patrick Kavanagh’s novel, Tarry Flynn’, and also contains some of his best loved poems that have been arranged to song, is due to commence rehearsals at the Abbey in Dublin from the 20th of November.
Kavanagh and his poetry has always been associated with music, Raglan Road has been
immortalised by various singers from Luke Kelly to Van Morrison, Ed Sheeran, Sinead
O’Connor, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and so many more.
Writer/composer, Joe O‘Connor (from Dublin, based in Montreal) has already got the
commitment from the Abbey Theatre for technical support, rehearsal space and
performance dates, but, musicals by nature are very expensive to produce and the show
requires a small amount of extra funding to cover the many essential production costs. They need 15,000 euros (the fund page is in CAD$)
We in the Kavanagh Centre have to support exciting events, and bringing FLYNN from the
Abbey to Inniskeen on the actual date of Kavanagh’s 50th anniversary is an adventure
both for us and the show.
There is an online GoFundMe page that is posted on our Kavanagh Centre Facebook
wall and it is open for all to support this venture. And, just as Kavanagh himself left for
Dublin in `1939 with faith in his ability, we are happy to take a leap of faith with this new
musical to ensure that Patrick Kavanagh is celebrated on the national stage and here in
Inniskeen on the 50th anniversary of his passing.
Please, click on the GoFundMe post on our Facebook page and check the video which has a very short info talk and then a sample song from the show called, ‘Mothers Anthem’.
(There will be progresssive updates and posts with more songs and new Kavanagh poems arranged to song.)
Any donation will be most gratefully appreciated.