Political headache for local musical director

THE current ever changing political landscape is posing problems for a local Musical Theatre Director as he prepares for an upcoming production.

THE current ever changing political landscape is posing problems for a local Musical Theatre Director as he prepares for an upcoming production.

Tony Barry has said he has had to revise the script of the production about bankers, developers and politicians several times.

The script for the CChulainn Players' production, the cleverly titled Malice in Blunderland', had originally been finished in November last.

"It's hard to keep up with all that is happening and I've had to revise the script several times already," said Tony.

"I'm also worried that the election date might clash with our run in the Town Hall from the 23rd to the 26th of February."

Before Brian Cowen's resignation as leader of Fianna Fail and the collapse of the Government, the election date had been set for March 11.

However, there is now talk that the election could be held on an earlier date, perhaps February 18, February 25 or March 4.

Meanwhile, rehearsals are underway by the well known and popular local group for this political satire set in the present day.

In this "hilarious and upbeat musical", the younger generation and the Old Age Pensioners question the bankers, developers and politicians.

The bankers, developers and politicians are accused of bringing the country to its present indebted state through their "delusional, arrogant and aloof handling of the country's finances and development".

Sixteen newly composed musical numbers by Tony Barry (Grainne and Bess, The Tain, The Off Mikado) and his son, Eamonn De Barra, (Damien Dempsey, Slide) vibrantly capture the present mood in the country.

The musical examines the offhand treatment by the country's so-called elite of their fellow country men and women. It also shows the frustration and incomprehension of the younger generation and the resigned anger of the retired generation who have seen it all before.

"Wickedly funny and surprisingly upbeat, this enjoyable musical promises a great night's entertainment for all the family," said Tony.

To book tickets for "Malice In Blunderland" contact An Tin box office, Town Hall, Dundalk on 042-9392919.