“The Cloak” national tour is launched

Principal singers, Teresa Lynch, Dawn Broughan, Niamh Curley and Orla Colleton, at the media launch 2014 of the stage musical 'The Cloak', in Celbridge Manor Hotel, Friday evening, February 21.                                                Photo Tony Keane.
The successful Kildare based stage production, “The Cloak”, has spread its folds and is embarking on a national tour.

The successful Kildare based stage production, “The Cloak”, has spread its folds and is embarking on a national tour.

The launch took place at the Celbridge Manor Hotel last Friday night February 21. Producers, Anne and Andrew Brain, and writer/director, Padraig J. Dunne were joined by over 200 guests at the glitzy event.

““The Cloak”, a truly Irish story, brings to reality the epic life journey of the legendary St. Brigid and her mother Broicseach, showcasing singing, Irish dancing, a choir, a full orchestra and film, shot on location, highlighting Ireland’s unique landscape,” explained the organisers.

The Celbridge Manor Hotel has become the official “Home of the Cloak” and is thrilled to be linked to such a talented show.

“It was a simply super launch night at the Manor enjoyed by all” explained Geraldine McGilvery, on behalf of Jeffrey C Leo, Managing Director of the Celbridge Manor Hotel.

The Cloak debuted in September 2013 in Kildare Cathedral - a four night sell out season, that no doubt pleased the producers and director/writer, who have been on a whirlwind adventure since starting this project less than a year ago.

Andrew Brain said; “The launch was a resounding success, “The Cloak” worked its magic again, this is not just another stage production but a phenomenon that is gathering its own momentum, the emotion of the evening was palpable, you could feel it in the air. The extracts from the production gave the invited guests a glimpse of what is to come, as one lady said “The tingles and tears are starting all over again”.

The talented cast performed three snippets from the show, Irish and contemporary dance performed by dancers led by Kevin Lyster (playing the role of St. Patrick). Also sharing the stage was Nicola Gainey (new to the cast singing and playing the role of Broicseach) and the four lead singers Dawn Broughan, Therese Lynch, Orla Colleton and Niamh Curley. Lisa Nagle, musical director explains; “The music within “The Cloak” is such an important aspect of the show. It’s about creating a connection between the story of St Brigid’s cloak and the emotions behind each one of the characters. It is simply stunning!”

The talented Nichola Kavanagh dances the role of St. Brigid and has captivated the audience with her energy and grace.

“The Cloak” 2014 Tour starts with two special performances at the Celbridge Manor Hotel on April 25 and Saturday 26. Tickets available from hotel reception Tel: 01 6013700 or www.stbrigidscloak.com The full schedule is also online.