Lord of the Dance star welcomes Mayo Hospice Theatre group to Manchester
Lord of the Dance star, James Keegan took a break from his sell out West End Show to pop back to Manchester to welcome the 152 members of the Heroes for Hospice to Levenshulme. The group had travelled over from Ballina to stage the sell out UK premier of their hit musical in aid of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.
The award winning dancer who has taken over the reins from Michael Flately as one of the principal dancers with the hit show ‘Dangerous Games’ was only too delighted to pop along to meet the cast members at their welcome party at m19 bar in South Manchester.
Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester who had helped organise the welcome party commented “It was great to see the surprise visit from James, he has a hectic touring schedule with the show in the West End and is about to go off to New York to stage the show there. James has Roscommon roots and is a Mayo award winner for his work that he did during the gathering in 2013 so it was great that we could involve him in this historic event for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.”
The welcome party featured a host of VIP’s which included the Father of the House of Commons, Sir Gerauld Kaufman MP who officially welcomed the group. There were also performances from Joe Keegan from the BBC TV series The voice, whilst BBC songwriter Claire Mooney performed a specially composed song for the group. The Keegan Academy of Irish Dancing finished the afternoon off with a display of Irish dancing. Members of the cast also enjoyed an exclusive interview on the award winning Joe Casserley’s Full Irish Radio show on ALLFM which was broadcast in Manchester on its 96.9FM frequency and around the globe online at www.thefullirish.net
The musical is being performed by the Heroes for Hospice Production Company based in Ballina in County Mayo. The ninety strong cast and their supporters are staging the exclusive sell out UK show to raise funds for the soon to be built £14 million Mayo Roscommon Hospice in Castlebar. The group have already raised over £30,000 for the charity from eight sell out shows in Mayo. They are hoping that their shows in Manchester and Dublin will not only generate more funds for the charity but it will also raise the profile of what vital work the hospice does in the West of Ireland.
Lavinia Gilmartin one of the organiser's of the tour and the show's director commented "We had a lovely welcome party is was one surprise after another. Levenshulme certainly had all the Mayo Flags out to welcome us."
The cast of the show have all paid for their own travel and accommodation they have also waived their appearance fees so that all the profits from the show can be donated to the soon to be built new £14 million Mayo Roscommon Hospice in the West of Ireland. The show as well as raising vital funds towards the new hospice hopes to highlight and promote the vital work that is being undertaken there.
Tickets for the Manchester show have already sold out but there are still a few remaining for their Dublin show on Wednesday 28 October at the Liberty Theatre. Tickets are available for the Dublin show online at www.ctb.ie or via the box office on (01)8721122.If you are having problems booking tickets for Beyond The Barricade from the box office on (01) 8721122 please try the following number:(01) 8794333. For more information about the Hospice log onto www.hospice.ie