Lord Mayor of Manchester launches Sell out Mayo musical

Lord Mayor of Manchester Launches UK Premier for West of Ireland Show

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Paul Murphy OBE will officially launch the sell out UK premier of the hit Heroes for Hospice musical n Monday 26 October at Z Arts Centre in Hulme. The is a unique collaboration between the West of Ireland Theatre company, Mayo County Council and the Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group and the Levenshulme Festival.

A group of 154 performers and supporters are travelling over from County Mayo to stage this exclusive event in Manchester before they travel onto Dublin to stage it in the capital there.

When asked about his involvement in the launch of the show Cllr Murphy replied “I was delighted to be asked to officially launch the UK premier of the musical, which is raising funds for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. It is great to Manchester leading the way by developing cultural and business links with events like this. It can only further strengthen the bonds between the two areas which are only a short thirty minute plane ride away from each other.”

Tony Hennigan the director of Mayo Manchester who is helping to co-ordinate and promote the show added "Its a fantastic show with a brilliant cast, we were just blown away when they opened up our gala concert for the Mayo Manchester Tradfest. We are delighted that the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Paul Murphy OBE has agreed to officially launch the event. The support for the show has been fantastic in Manchester, we even mentioned to get it a plug in front of 75,000 fans at Manchester United.”

The show 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 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 "Everyone one is really excited about making their UK debut in Manchester, we have loads of friends and relatives there. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have been given and our looking forward to meeting up with our friends in 'Mayo Manchester' again that we worked with during the summer for the Mayo Manchester Tradfest."

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 this one off show are very limited and it is expected to sell out well in advance, to book your tickets visit the Theatre website at www.z-arts.org

The show has so far won the support of Mayo County Council, www.Mayo.ie, www.mayomanchester.com, www.levenshulmefestival.co.uk, www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk and the Levenshulme Pub Company www.levenshulmepubcompany.com are sponsoring the hire of the theatre.

For more information about the Hospice log onto www.hospice.ie