VIP welcome awaits visting Mayo Theatre Group

The Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group are planning a VIP welcome for the one hundred and fifty four members of the Heroes for Hospice Theatre group from Mayo who are travelling to Manchester to stage their UK premier of ‘Beyond the Barricade’ on Monday 26 October a Z Arts Theatre in Hulme. The show is in aid of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice which the group have already raised over £30,000 from their sell out shows in Mayo.

The right honourable Sir Gerald Kaufman MP who is the ‘Father of the House of Commons’ will welcome the group to Levenshulme when they arrive from the Ferry on Sunday 25 October. The village in South Manchester is home to the biggest Mayo Community outside of the West of Ireland and the Green and Red flags will be flying high to welcome their friends and relatives from Ballina.

A special welcome party has been arranged for the group in the M19 bar and music venue which is part of the opening celebrations for the two week Levenshulme Community Festival. It will feature an Irish concert by Joe Keegan from the BBC TV series The Voice and Irish dancers from the Keegan Academy of Irish Dancing. There will also be an opportunity to meet members of the cast and catch snippets of extracts from the show. Joe Casserley and the Full Irish Radio show will be broadcasting live interviews with cast members during the afternoon event which starts at 3pm.

When asked about his involvement in the event Sir Gerald replied “I am delighted to be involved in meeting the group and to help launch one of the main opening events at this year’s 2015 Levenshulme Festival.”

The musical has had eight sell out shows in Ireland and is being stage at the Z Arts Centre in Hulme on Monday 26 October in aid of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice before it moves to Dublin where it is being staged at the Liberty Theatre.

The musical is being staged by the Ballina based 'Heroes for Hospice Production Company' 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 our friends in 'Mayo Manchester' again."

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 May Manchester Tradfest. We are delighted that Sir Gerald has agreed to welcome the cast to Levenshulme. 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 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