Counting down to the Count

Counting down to the Count

Kilkenny’s Watergate Theatre will be the venue for the premiere of Myles Dungan's new 1916 show – The Count, The Countess & The Tommy.

The show, starring international soloists Simon Morgan and Lisa Lambe and baritone, Brendan MacQuaile, centres on the life and music of the celebrated Irish tenor Count John McCormack, and features some of the best-known songs of a hundred years ago.

May 5 is the date set for the first-ever performance of the show, which goes on to tour Dublin, Roscommon, Cavan, Leitrim and beyond. The show is a centrepiece of broadcaster Myles Dungan's Paths To Freedom roadshow project, a unique package of lectures, presentations and shows remembering the Rising, one hundred years on.

The Count, The Countess & The Tommy is hosted by Kilkenny Co Council, as part of an extensive programme of events to commemorate Easter 1916. The show, written specially for the 1916 commemorations by RTE historian and broadcaster Myles Dungan, is a blend of song and drama, featuring the music, not just of McCormack, but also Lena Ford and Ivor Novello.

Stanley Kirkby and George M. Cohan. Produced by Pegasus Consulting, the promoters behind The Great War Roadshow and The Fighting Irish, the Watergate performance will feature headline acts