Cast & Creative

Cast

  • Matthew Lyons: Adam Hannigan
    Adam last tread the boards in the Balor Arts Centre as Travis in Footloose. Previously he was in the musical comedy Robin B'astard & the Water Thieves, and Hairspray - The Musical. He is also a talented musician is his own right, playing and teaching guitar. With his sister Jessica. he won St Columba’s Got Talent in 2016, and accompanied Jessica on piano for her winning performance in The Central Hotel's Opportunity Knocks in 2017.
  • Nuala Green: Shauna Scanlon
    Shauna played a leading part in the Balor DCA's Disco Inferno, and has had numerous roles in school and college musicals. She is a member of Aishlingi Academy's Show Choir, Donegal's first of its kind, and is an accomplished piano player and singer, and has taken part in many open mics and talent shows, and was a finalist in Opportunity Knocks in 2013.
  • Biddy Devenney: Catherine Gallagher
    Catherine has most recently starred as Sandy in Grease, played Urleen in Footloose, and has had numerous other roles, including Bet in Oliver!, one of the orphans, Pepper in Annie, and Amber in Hairspray. Catherine is a keen song writer, and in 2017, won her school's talent show, singing an original composition, "Yesterday".
  • Patrick Hegarty: Chris Duddy
    Chris, a character actor of immense experience, is a stalwart in Letterkenny Pantomime Society shows. With Letterkenny Musical Society, he played Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, and Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop Of Horrors. Recently, he played Edna in Letterkenny Music and Drama Group's production of Hairspray, and was outstanding as The Colonel in Lifford Players' production of 'Allo Allo'.
  • George Vaughan Hart, MP: Sean Bonner
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  • Henry Francis Conyngham, MP: Pauric Havlin
    Pauric participated in St. Columba's musicals, Fame and The Wizard of Oz as a youngster, and studied English with Drama at UCD. He returned to the stage playing Puss in the Butt Drama Circle's production of Puss in Boots in 2017, and Cedrick in Snow White & Babes in the Wood in 2018. He also played the role of Alec in the recent production of Children of the Dead End with the Balor DCA, as well as working as a drama facilitator with the their Youth Theatre programme. Pauric is also active with the Butt Drama Circle committee, and regularly delivers promotes them on social media.
  • Mr. Lyons: Troy Devaney
    Troy recently won the ADCI/DLI summer school scholarship for his portrayal of Edward in Balor DCA's production of Frank McGuiness's Someone Who'll Watch Over Me.
  • Ellen Green: Nicole Laverty
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  • Bridget O'Donnell: Tracey Faulkner
    Tracey was Chiffon in Butt Drama Circle's production of Little Shop of Horrors, Kitty Corley in Many Young Men of Twenty, and Maggie Mundy in the BDC’s 2017 festival production of Dancing at Lughnasa, picking up two Best Supporting Actress awards on the festival circuit. She played Motormouth Maybelle in Balor DCA's production of Hairspray, and Madison Mackenzie in the original musical Gutz in Strabane.
  • Michael McCauley: Anthony Redmond
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  • Sarah Breslin: Ella McLaughlin
    Ella is no strange to musical theatre audiences in Ballybofey, having treaded the boards in Balor DCA productions of Annie, Sound Of Music and Oliver!.
  • Young Matthew Lyons: 
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Creative

  • Book, Music and Lyrics: Leslie Long
    Leslie grew up in Dunkineely, less than a mile from the setting of the first scene, Darney Pier. He heard about the story of the Bruckless drowings as a youth, but when he saw Matthew and Nuala's story depicted in the 'Love Across The Waves' patchwork quilt on Joe Mahon's Lesser Spotted Ulster, he immediately saw how both stories could be combined to make a stage musical. He collaborated with Kathleen Ruddy and Phil Dalton to write his first musical Caisleáin Óir, which premiered in 2000. Caisleáin Óir went on to be produced a further 5 times, including productions in Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Donegal Town, and won an AIMS Adjudicator’s Special Award in 2006. Most recently Leslie played keyboard in productions of Hairspray (LMDG), Little Shop Of Horrors (LMS), Oliver! (Balor DCA), and Sound Of Music (Balor DCA) and Children Of The Dead End (Balor DCA).
  • Director: Eddie Mulligan
    Eddie has have been involved in theatre since 1970, when he joined the chorus line and was one of the dancers with the Pioneer Musical and Dramatic Society. Since then he has performed in many plays, both here in Donegal and in Dublin, and directed many musicals in the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town, including Oklahoma, Seven Brides For Seven Sisters, and Sugar. Last year he was part of David Brophy's Choir of Ages, which aired on RTE just before Christmas 2017. He was also part of two drama documentaries for TG4.
  • Costume Design: Sinéad O'Donnell-Carey
    Sinéad is the current Yeats Design Resident in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and has assisted with Room, Jimmy’s Hall, Ulysess, Let the Right One In and current productions Porcelain and The Unmanageable Sisters. Sinéad has a 1st class BA (hons) in Performing Arts and Theatre Design and begins an MA in Film and Theatre Studies in NUI Galway in 2018. Her performance art piece Thick Skin was performed at the Research in Real Time conference at the O’Donoghue Center for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway in May 2017. She has designed May the Road Rise Up (The Lyric Belfast and Northern Ireland Tour 2018), Les Misérables (Bosco Productions 2016 and O'Reilly Theatre 2018), Another Playboy (Project Arts Centre 2017), Phantom of the Opera (An Grianan 2017), the tour of Marian and Joseph: A Revolutionary Love Story (Sligo and Samuel Beckett Dublin, 2016), An Triail (2015 and 2017), The Plough and the Stars, Kathleen Mavourneen, Gutz and many other productions in the North West. Sinéad is also a drama facilitator and is currently working with Donegal Youth Musical Theatre Company.
  • Choreography: Tanya Ward
    Tanya has choreographed many musicals in Scoile Mhuire, Buncrana, including Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose, The Buddy Holly Story, Back To The 80s, and Letterkenny Pantomine Society's production of Chess in An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny. In 2003, Tanya established Aishlingí Academy, a performing arts academy based in Donegal with an emphasis on modern jazz, contemporary, ballet and ballroom dance.
  • Assistant Musical Director: Denise Roper
    Denise holds a B.A. Mus (Hons) and a H. Dip. Ed (Hons) from the National Univerisity of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth, and has more than 15 years experience teaching piano, and been musical director for Children Of The Dead End (Balor DCA), Legally Blonde (LMDG), Hairspray (LMDG), Little Shop Of Horrors (LMS), Oliver! (Balor DCA), Sound Of Music (Balor DCA), Annie (Balor DCA), Buddy (LMDG), Caisleáin Óir (Butt Drama Circle) and played keyboard in Phantom Of The Opera (DYT). On stage, she has toured England, Scotland and America with Deloras Keane, Kintra and Sontas.
  • Lighting Design: Tony McGuire
    Tony is the resident lighting engineer for shows in Harvey's Point. He has worked on many local plays and musicals, most recently An Trial, All Shook Up, and Grease. He relishes the challenge of designing a new show, especially when the brief says "less is more", and one of the required special lighting effects involves a "magic basin" (now referred to as Biddy's Basin).