Mullingar Arts Centre provides plenty of entertainment this spring

Having just completed an enormously successful run of Happy Days The Musical, presented by the Mullingar Student Players, and not content to rest on its laurels, the Arts Centre is busy changing the sets and setting up for the next two productions: Dear Frankie, a poignant and powerful drama about Ireland’s original agony aunt, Frankie Byrne; and Girls’ Night The Musical, which is touring Ireland at the moment, playing to packed houses.

On a recent visit to the Arts Centre, playwright Niamh Gleeson, said of Dear Frankie that it had taken her nearly four years to write, because she was determined that it should be factually correct and accurate, as it was about a real person. She researched the project meticulously, and was able to work under the blessing of both Frankie’s niece and her daughter.

Dear Frankie is a compelling play and affords an invaluable perspective of the social mores of the era, as well as an unique insight into the personal life of one of Ireland’s iconic characters.

Girls’ Night The Musical is the ideal panacea for the doom and gloom. Share the fun and laughter of this hilarious, feel-good comedy as our five heroines relive their past, celebrate their present, and look forward to the future, on a wild night of karaoke. Audiences will be up and bopping along to the most famous female empowerment hits of the recent past, including ‘Lady Marmalade’, ‘It’s Raining Men’, ‘Man, I Feel Like A Woman’, and ‘I Will Survive’.

Productions in the pipeline include: Dear Frankie on Saturday March 24; Girls’ Night The Musical on Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday March 29; Independence, by Rail Theatre Company, from Wednesday April 11 to Friday April 13; Emmet Cahill In Concert on Saturday April 14; Baglady, a rarely-performed play by Frank McGuinness, on Wednesday, 18 April; and comedian David McSavage on Friday April 20.

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