By David Agnew
About the show
Fáinne Óir. (Pronounced 'Fawn-ya-Or' meaning 'The Gold Ring' in Irish) is a contemporary Irish dance drama set in 1840s Famine times with 9 professional dancers and 6 musicians. Original score by Kathy Fahey is melodic throughout, from Irish airs of Mayo, to the New World music of East Coast America.
We have raised funding to cover scoring, rehearsals, and costumes.
We have a theatre to perform in, Claremorris Town Hall, Friday, March 26th, 2021. We need support to pay for the performance, filming, to include costs of set, lights, and sound.
Kathy Fahey, who composed the music, says Fáinne Óir is a drama that will resonate with many people around the world, particularly emigrants, those who have lost loved ones to the Famine, and those who are presently grieving the loss of family.
Ciara Sexton says her Irish barefoot contemporary movement to a brand-new score, ensures that Fáinne Óir breaks boundaries regarding any preconceived stereotypes of Irish Dance.
Fáinne Óir is narrated by one of Ireland's most distinctive voices, Seán Keane, renowned Irish singer and musician.
Total = €6,000
The production team is Kathy Fahey, a Mayo-based composer, producer, conductor of orchestras and many award-winning choirs. Ciara Sexton, Irish dancer and choreographer, a multi-world champion, and star of everything from Lord of the Dance, to Riverdance and Heartbeat of Home. David Agnew, a professional musician for 40yrs, recording artist, producer, mentor, teacher, lecturer in creative development.
The band will be led by Dave McGauran, musical director, saxophonist with Riverdance, and MD of many award-winning musicals.
Currently Arts activity is greatly curtailed, but even under Level 5 essential services, section 9, Information and Communication, we are allowed record, film and broadcast. We have budgeted for Covid-testing for the cast so they can remain a pod and perform as the elite artists they are.
How you can help
Some funding has been raised from Mayo County Council and several private individuals. Enough to pay for rehearsals and costumes, accommodation. We need support to pay for the performance, filming, to include costs of set, lights, and sound. There are no guarantees that we will have a ticketed audience in the theatre, due to ongoing restrictions in the current pandemic.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you if you choose to support our project.