PERFORMING on stage is something which, quite literally, is in Claire Murray’s blood, with brother Fra Fee one of the leading lights on the West End and most recently on the big screen alongside Hollywood legend Russell Crowe in Les Miserables, while dad Frank has been a stalwart on the local amateur dramatic scene for many years with the Bardic and Craic Theatres.
Perhaps it’s not surprising then that Claire, originally from Killyman, has chosen to take the bold step of setting up her own theatre production company with an all-star cast of actor musicians, who between them have performed on the West End, off the West End, on national tour and on national TV, for a fascinating programme of performances beginning in January at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
Claire’s new company, Blunt Theatre Productions, will bring ‘The World Goes Round’ to the Lyric Theatre from January 14 to 18, starring Barry McGonagle (soloist with Groundswell; Ant & Dec’s Christmas Special ITV; 1916: The Musical), Matthew Crowe, Jenni Bowden, Laura Tebbutt and Lydia Jenkins.
The recently established company is the fulfillment of Claire’s dream, and the wheels were put in motion for the venture after Claire moved home to Northern Ireland from London, where she had lived for six years.
Plans for the next year include a concert to celebrate the works of Stephen Sondheim and a Northern Irish premiere of Howard Goodall’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’.
Find out more about Claire and her new theatre venture at www.bluntfringe.com or follow Blunt Fringe on Twitter.
Tickets for ‘The World Goes Round’ are available at www.lyrictheatre.co.uk or on 02890 381081.
Read more about Claire’s new theatrical venture in this week’s issue of the Tyrone Times, on sale from Monday.