‘Beyond the Barricade’ returns to Mayo after sellout tour
Posted in Connect on November 4, 2015.
The cast of beyond the Barricade enjoyed a successful finale to their Manchester and Dublin tour. They performed their UK premier of the hit musical ‘Beyond the Barricade’ on Monday 26 October at the Arts Centre in Hulme, Manchester, to a sellout crowd and have since returned home to Ballina after wrapping up the tour with another successful sellout show in Dublin’s Liberty Theatre on the 28th.
A group of 154 performers and supporters travelled from County Mayo to stage the exclusive event in Manchester before they travelled onto Dublin to stage it in the capital. When asked about his involvement in the launch of the show, Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Murphy OBE, whose Irish roots stem from Mayo replied “The performance will also be raising much needed funds for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice, so theatre goers will not only be treated to a breathtaking performance but their attendance will help improve the lives of people living with life limiting conditions too.” “Manchester has long links with Ireland and this is one more example of how that strong and historic connection still thrives today.”
Tony Hennigan the director of Mayo Manchester who helped to co-ordinate and promote the show added “It’s a fantastic show with a brilliant cast; we were just blown away when they opened up our gala concert for the Mayo Manchester Tradfest. We are delighted that the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Paul Murphy OBE has agreed to officially launch the event. The support for the show has been fantastic in Manchester, we even mentioned to get it a plug in front of 75,000 fans at Manchester United.”
The show was performed by the Heroes for Hospice Production Company based in Ballina in County Mayo. The ninety strong cast and their supporters staged the exclusive UK show to raise funds for the soon to be built €14 million Mayo Roscommon Hospice in Castlebar. The group have already raised over €30,000 for the charity from their eight sell out shows in Mayo, staged between December 2014 and July 2015.
The cast of the show paid for their own travel and accommodation and also waived their appearance fees so that all the profits from the show can be donated to the new Mayo Roscommon Hospice in the West of Ireland.
The show was supported by Mayo Diaspora organisations such as the Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business Group, the Mayo Association in Dublin and Mayo County Council.