A century after the historic 1916 Easter Rising – one of the pivotal events in modern Irish history – comes Ireland’s Call, a new musical adaptation of the acclaimed Essence of Ireland.
The show opens in Weymouth next March and continues to over 45 venues nationwide.
Inspired by true events, and spanning three decades, the musical tells the story of one man’s love for his Irish homeland.
The story follows the journey of Sean Dempsey, who, at the end of World War II, leaves behind his childhood sweetheart and his homeland, in search of a better life in New York.
Creative director Ged Graham said: “We are really looking forward to bringing the show to stages across the world, starting with some of the UK’s most prestigious venues in 2016, a year set to be a huge celebration of Irish culture to commemorate the centenary of The Easter Rising.”
Ged Graham was born in the Liberties in Dublin and remembers moving to the UK when he was nine.
He adds: “Everyone has been separated from loved ones and their homes at some point in their lives, so this is a story that people can really engage with and relate to, myself included.
“The audience is drawn in to the story and swept on a journey that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
“It is set against a backdrop of key historical events including America’s introduction to rock and roll, the rebuilding of London, post World War Two, and John F Kennedy’s historic presidential visit to Ireland in 1963. It’s a story full of emotional highs and lows.”