The Cloak wowed audiences on its debut run in Kildare town last September, staged as part of The Gathering.
A new and improved version of the musical theatre and dance show, which tells the story of the life of Kildare’s patron saint, Bridget, started its nationwide tour in Celbridge on April 25.
The Cloak uses film footage shot on location in Ireland which is projected on to a cinema size movie screen to set the scene and create the stage setting. This is combined live action on the stage to create a magical illusion which plays mind games with the audiences. This is a trademark feature of the writer and director Padraig J Dunne and he has the technique off to perfection.
The Irish and international cast of vocalists and dancers bring to real life the action on film and immediately transport the audience back to medieval Ireland.
St. Brigid’s story was one of slavery, dominance and defiance and Padraig J. Dunne manages to create a perfect picture of the life of this iconic Irish woman and the transition of pagan Ireland through to Christian Ireland.
The performing cast feature both local and international talent, Nicola Gainey (Broicsech) commands the stage with her voice and grace, supported by Dawn Broughan, Orla Colleton, Teresa Lynch and Niamh Curley all of whom have voices of purity and power. Padraig Darcy, with his depiction of the “God of Flame”, displays the range and power in his voice and has captured the emotion of the character to perfection.
The new cast of dancers include three times world champion dancer Calum Kelly (Dubhthach). His depiction of this character, combined with his dancing ability, brought an audible gasp from the audience, and when dancing in tandem with Alisha Sweeney (Young Broicsech) together they display both aggression and tenderness combined.
Nicola Kavanagh (St. Brigid) who dances the female lead also choreographs the dancing and in combination with Kevin Lyster (St Patrick) bring grace and light heartedness to the show.
Irish born Sarah Mai Fitzpatrick, English dancers Kevin Goble, Dylan Millar and Stephen Walker, all newly returned from shows in the USA (Lord of the Dance) bring their own brand of energy and creativity to this outstanding production.
The original musical score composed for the entire show by Padraig Meredith is simply stunning and flawless.
The production works not just due to the direction, music and talent, but the bond and determination between a team consisting of a highly talented cast and determined crew.
The Cloak will be on tour this May, and deserves the support of the general public to ensure the success that this production so richly deserves.
It will be visiting TLT Drogheda, the Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise, the Mullingar Arts Centre, and the Wexford Opera House over the coming weeks. Tickets at €25 are available on www.stbrigidscloak.com.