Irish Affair - A Love Story for all Time A New Musical

27 - 29 June 2024
Tickets: €5 - €15 + Facility Fee

Thursday, 27 June Tickets: €7.50 / €5 concession + Facility Fee (Dress filmed performance)
Friday 28 & Saturday 29 June Tickets: €15 / €10 concession + Facility Fee

The National Opera House, in collaboration with The Irish College of Music Theatre, proudly announces the development of a new Irish musical, Irish Affair - A Love Story for All Time composed by West End composer Stuart Brayson with David Wray as the musical arranger and produced by Deirdre Masterson.

Based upon a true story, Irish Affair is the dramatic tale of a marriage between Sean Cloney, a Catholic, and Sheila Kelly, a Protestant set in 1957, Ireland. (Fethard-on-Sea, Wexford) A happily married couple (they marry three times, one civil, one Catholic and one Protestant service) whose lives and love are severely tested by the powerful religious forces swirling around them. This musical blends a legitimate musical theatre score with influences from Rock, Pop, and Traditional Irish music.

Irish Affair - Synopsis:
Based upon a true story, Irish Affair is the dramatic tale of a marriage between Sean Cloney, a Catholic, and Sheila Kelly, a Protestant set in 1957, Ireland. (Fethard-on-Sea, Wexford) A happily married couple (they marry three times, one civil, one Catholic and one Protestant service) whose lives and love are severely tested by the powerful religious forces swirling around them. When the time comes for their eldest daughter to attend school, the local Priest, Father Stafford, insists she attend the town's Catholic School. Objecting to this intervention, Sheila insists that the parents, not the Church, will decide on their children's education. When her husband sides with the Priest, however, Sheila, feeling betrayed, secretly flees with her two young daughters to Scotland. Soon the social fabric of the village unravels as Father Stafford, convinced of a conspiracy, declares a boycott of all the Protestants in the village, forcing Sean, the village, and eventually the entire country to take sides in what quickly becomes an international controversy. With the small town tearing itself apart, Sean is forced to decide where his loyalties lie-with Sheila or the Church. Irish Affair is a passionate love story and brand new musical by west end composer Stuart Brayson (From Here To Eternity) about a brave couple whose convictions divided a nation.

Sean Cloney– Fionn Gardner
Sheila Cloney- Karla Tracey
Fr. Stafford- Tony Carty
Paddy (barman) - Michael O’ Gorman
Brigid (teacher) - Hannah McNicholas Roche
Eileen Cloney – Lyla Keane
Mary Cloney- Allie Keane

Players
Daniel Furlong
Oisin Murphy
Fintan O’ Leary
Laura Carroll
Holly Rossiter
Emma Stack
Annemarie O’ Mahoney
Children Ensemble
Clare and Ruth Stafford
Hollie and Kayden Kinsella
Keela Gaule
Layla Masterson
Kiefer Byrne
Alex Sinnott

Musicians
David Wray – MD/Piano
Katie O’ Connor- Violin
Pat FitzPatrick – Wind
Nicky Bailey – Percussion

Creatives
Book, Music and Lyrics by Stuart Brayson
Musical Director and Musical Arrangements: David Wray
Producer: Deirdre Masterson
Executive Producer: The National Opera House
Associate Producer: Elizabeth Drwal