Jesus Christ Superstar – Fun Company Sligo

DSCF7388Last night was the opening night of the Fun Company Sligo’s performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Hawk’s Well Theatre.  I was delighted to go along and take some photos for my blog…ahead of my ‘proper’ trip to see the show later this week.

IMG_3243The show was amazing, there was a live orchestra providing the music, they and the cast were outstanding.  I’m always delighted to see such talented people in Sligo.  I loved every minute of it and recommend anyone to go and see it. It runs until Sunday.

IMG_3440As usual I took way too many photos.  My thanks again to Canon Ireland for lending me the 100D which is a great camera, I’m very pleased with the results. You can see the rest of my photos here.

IMG_7732IMG_7658 IMG_3071A very well done to the cast and crew and everyone involved in this wonderful production.  I can’t wait to go back and see the show again.


Farewell Thunder Child

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the Worlds Facebook page released a sound clip of the ‘new generation’ Thunder Child today. It features Liam Neeson as the narrator and Alex Clare as the ‘voice of humanity’.

Let me know what you think. Oh and by the way if anyone has a spare ticket for the show in Dublin….please send it my way. I’d love to go :) Here are my photos from last time.

Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds – The New Generation

It was announced at a press conference in London on Friday that there will be a ‘new generation’ of Jeff Wayne’s wonderful musical version of The War of the Worlds. Liam Neeson will take over Richard Burtons role as George Herbert the journalist.

There will be a new double album released in June 2012. The other parts have not yet been announced. Justin Hayward has been the sung thoughts of the journalist since the original album, but I wondering now with Liam Neeson playing the Richard Burton role if he will also sing?….I’ve no idea if Liam Neeson can sing.

Chris Thompson was the original ‘Voice of humanity’ and was in the live shows playing the part. Again though I wondering if this will change? A new generation so maybe a whole new cast?

The other main roles have changed at every tour. Last time Rhydian was Parson Nathaniel and Liz McClarnon played Beth.

Jason Donovan took over the role of the Artillery Man. Alexis James had previously played this part in the live shows. I may be biased but I think Alexis was better.

Liam Neeson will be seen as a full body 3D holograph and it does say on the site he will be leading a new cast…so I’m kind or guessing there will be no Justin or Chris. I will continue to watch the website for further updates. The main page of news is here.

The tour kicks off on November 29th, 2012 in Dublin. There is no mention of a date in Belfast. The tour then starts in the UK on December 1st, 2012. I’m really hoping there won’t be the same travel chaos as there was last year due to the snow. You can see the link to the tour dates here. Tickets go on sale on 21/11/11

Some of the press conference is here:

Update: On March 1st it was announced that Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs will play the part of the Artillery Man and Kerry Ellis from the stage show Wicked will play Beth on the tour and also the new album.

Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, Dublin, Nov. 29th, 2010

Well after a year of waiting (because it was a year ago that the tickets went on sale). The big day finally arrived.

We braved the snow and headed up to Dublin. The show has changed since we saw it last year. There is now a ‘prequel’ starring ‘Vera and William’  (Lily Osbourne and Michael Falzon) who wander around as the audience are taking their seats. They are looking at a map and looking through a telescope towards the sky. Suddenly the lights flash and the wind blows…..which blew leaves and newspapers onto us as we were in the front row.

Then the music begins. There were changes to the cast this year. Justin Hayward returned as the sung thoughts of the journalist and didn’t disappoint. His voice is as strong and melodic as always and Forever Autumn is especially haunting when the leaves start to fall onto us and he is searching for his love Carrie.

The Voice Of Humanity (Chris Thompson) – appears during the battle of Thunder Child with the Martian tripods depicted and sung. The steamer is packed with people trying to flee the Martian invasion. In spite of all on board, including Carrie, reaching the shore safely, the war is lost as the Thunder Child sinks forever and the Earth belongs to the Martians. I felt Chris wasn’t as vocally strong as he was last year which was a shame.

George Herbert, The Journalist (Richard Burton) – the main narrator of the story, who is in his late thirties. He is a character with a strong grip on reality, though his reality becomes one he never thought possible due to the arrival of the Martians. As Richard Burton is no longer with us his head is now a talking hologram, it’s very clever.

The new cast members are: Liz McClarnon who plays Beth the parsons wife, Rhydian Roberts who is Parson Nathaniel and Jason Donovan who is the Artillery Man.

They were all brilliant. I especially enjoyed Rhydian and Liz’s performances. They put their heart and souls into it. Rhydian sounds very similar to Russell Watson who played the part in 2006. Liz looked so distressed as she was singing, like she met every word. The only think I would have changed was Rhydians wig, it did look like a wig. It might have been better if he was to dye his hair for the show.

Jason was also very good except his accent was changing to his normal accent quite a bit and as the Artillery Man is meant to be cockney he sounded a bit odd with an Australian accent. I personally think Alexis James is the perfect artillery man. It’s also very hard to get the Iceland adverts out of my head as I was watching Jason.

The 30 foot martian fighting machine shoots out real heatrays. We could feel the heat where we were and luckily we still have our eyebrows! I screamed like a girl when the flares went off!

There was also a new part of the show when  a man from NASA takes to the stage at the end of the show and notices something not quite right…..are the martians returning???? Then he gets blown to bits! It’s very clever and I’ve no idea how they did it.

Of course the man himself needs a special mention and that is Jeff Wayne, he composed this fantastic show. Along with the orchestra and The Black Smoke band the whole thing comes alive. Sitting so close to the stage we actually felt like we had been invaded by Martians.

We were so lucky to be staying in the same hotel as the cast of the show. So we were able to meet most of them. Herbie Flowers who plays the bass in the band is a really lovely man, we were delighted to meet him. We also met Liz, Jason, Jeff, Rhydian, Chris and some of the band members.

This is such an amazing show if you do get a chance to see it do go along. It’s a night you will never forget. The rest of my photos are here.

The Martians are coming to Dublin


It’s only a week to go until Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the Worlds will be live at the O2 in Dublin. I’m really looking forward to it. We saw it last year and it was a great show, although we were a mile away from the stage, this time we have got front row seats :)

I’m still not sure about Jason Donovan playing the Artillery man as Alexis James did such a good job, but we’ll see.

There is a great article about the show here if you want to have a read. There are also more photo’s on it. Andy has decided he’s not coming to see the show this time so I have a front row ticket for sale if anyone is interested.

Just to get you in the mood for the show. Here is the tv advert:

Also here is a small clip of Rhydians audition for the Parson. I think he sounds brilliant.

The War of The Worlds alive on stage

Our household are massive fans of Jeff Waynes musical version of The War of The Worlds.
We got to see the live show at the O2 in Dublin in June and to our delight the show is returning again in November 2010.

Today the tickets were on pre-sale to the fans and I am trying to buy them….but failing. Either because we weren’t given a password or the ticketmaster site isn’t working. Anyway I will keep trying.

We were lucky enough to be staying in the same hotel as the cast and got to meet some of them. Jeff Wayne is a lovely man and spent a long time talking to us.

We were disappointed to hear that Alexis James is no longer the artillery man, he was fantastic in the role and really made it his own. This time Jason Donovan will be playing the part. He certainly looks the part anyway. My mother in law loved Jason, she had all his records.

Liz McClarnon is taking the part of Beth. Beth has been played by several different ladies including Jennifer Ellison (who we also met in June), Sinead Quinn and Tara Blaise. Liz has a lovely voice so should be well suited to the part.

Sorry for the small photos, I couldn’t work out the right way to insert them into the post. The full size ones are on PicApp.

Justin Hayward is returning in his role as the 'sung thoughts of the journalist'. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced.

Hopefully I'll get to book tickets soon! For more info have a look at the official site

Just an update. I finally got the password and have booked our tickets so very pleased about that. I also saw this video on youtube, thanks to Artilleryman2009 for letting me post it.