Evening Train has a stage destination

Evening Train has a stage destination
Mick Flannery (centre) with Artistic Director Julie Kelleher an Seán Kelly, Executive Director at the launch of the Everyman Theatre, Cork Spring Programme.DKANE 15/01/2019REPRO FREEPic DARRAGH KANE

AN album by celebrated Cork singer-songwriter Mick Flannery is to be transformed into stage musical at the Everyman Theatre.

Flannery, writer Ursula Rani Sarma, and director Annabelle Comyn, will transform Flannery’s acclaimed concept album, Evening Train, into a new musical, premiering at the Cork Midsummer Festival this coming June.

Artistic Director Julie Kelleher said: “This co-production of Evening Train by Mick Flannery is a natural progression for the Everyman.

“We’re building on the successes of recent years in partnering with artists who inspire us, and co-producers who share our values, to bring unique and exceptional theatre experiences to audiences in Cork. We’re so excited to be bringing the world premiere of this wonderful new musical to MacCurtain Street.”

Evening Train was Flannery’s debut album released in 2007. He had started initially to write a musical, but after numerous attempts at dialogue, he decided to make an album accompanied by a simple narrative thread.

A few times throughout the years that followed, various people approached him with idea of performing the album on stage or on screen.

He says: “Ursula rang me one day to say she’d be interested in writing a stage adaptation of the album and I think she’s done a wonderful job of bringing the world to life, giving more meat to the characters, adding and subtracting with her knowledge of the theatre world.”

The musical will run at the Everyman from June 13 to 23. Tickets on sale now from everymancork.com.

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