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‘Twin Flames: the Musical’ comes to Fermoy this October

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Some of the cast of ‘Twin Flames’ busy at rehearsal on Sunday evening. (L-r: cast members Diarmuid Hanley and Julie Buckley; Kevin Fitzsimons, writer and composer; Valerie O’Leary, Director; and Siobhan McGrath Buckley, cast member)

An exciting new musical from the pen of a local man is coming this October to The Palace Theatre in Fermoy, and promises to deliver everything anyone could want from a satisfying musical. 

Peppered with quirky and relatable Cork characters and filled with universal themes, not only of love and hate, but also of addiction, revenge, deceit, friendship, forgiveness and redemption, this riveting show is flavoured with outstanding original ’60s-flavoured catchy pop music composed by Kevin Fitzsimons, but produced by the shows musical director, Cork’s own Paul Linehan of ‘The Frank and Walters’.

Written by Kilbehenny’s Kevin Fitzsimons, ‘Twin Flames: the Musical’ is directed by Rathcormac maestro Valerie O’Leary. An amateur production, it will be staged from October 21st to 28th (excluding Wednesday 25th) in the Palace Theatre in Fermoy.

Produced by Ann Dunne, this family show is set in Cork City in the 1960s against the backdrop of the Ford Motor plant. This transformation story is played out in the style of the classical musicals such as Blood Brothers, Rent and the Sound of Music. ‘Twin Flames’ is a musical, where every character is – apparently – searching for love. What’s really interesting is that one of these is a golddigger from Rochestown, another one’s an obsessive ex-girlfriend, one’s a gambling addict, yet another is getting married, another is a 66-year-old widow from Ballyphehane, and our last runner has a desire for the ‘older’, more experienced woman.

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In the starring role of ‘Fiona’ is Rebecca Flavin, while ‘Phil’ is played by Mitchelstown’s Diarmuid Hanley. Joining them is Stephanie Shine, Siobhan McGrath Buckley, Brian O’Riordan and Clonmel’s Keith Dwyer Greene. Rounding off the principal cast are Niamh Uí Thuama, Chloe Riordan, and Fermoy’s Julie Buckley playing the part of ‘“crazy” Tracey Casey’.

Between them the cast has a wealth of varied experience, both in tenure and form, and are looking forward to putting on a show for the whole family to enjoy.

TWIN FLAMES

The shows two central characters, Phil and Fiona, have reached a difficult impasse in their relationship. Fiona unceremoniously dumps Phil when he refuses to face up to his insidious gambling addiction which is destroying both their relationship and their prospects. Consequently, and single again, both parties suddenly find themselves yet again confronting their fears and inner demons. 

Joining them for the adventure is Fiona’s former best friend Maggie, who’s been nursing a grudge for years and sees her opportunity for revenge. Phil, meanwhile, must fight off the unwelcome advances of a former obsessive-compulsive girlfriend who is convinced Phil never stopped loving her. 

‘Their lives are a real roller coaster’, says Kevin Fitzsimons, ‘with love, hate, regret, revenge, forgiveness and redemption featuring highly in the shows themes.’

“The show deals with some serious issues, such as addiction and homelessness, but it’s first and foremost a musical comedy, albeit a dark one filled with some peculiar but very relatable Cork characters and witticisms – although ‘not in a paddy-wackery kind of way!”, says Mr Fitzsimons.

The show could be the best and funniest original Cork musical for decades. The show runs from Saturday, 21st October to Saturday, 28th October (excl. Wednesday 25th) at the Palace Theatre, Fermoy. Tickets are €25 plus booking fee and can be booked online at www.gr8events.ie/twinflames





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