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Descent of Irish Royalty

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blood From a Shadow Aug 28, 2013. 12 Replies

I want to talk about this. I have been led to pages of information that state that the Irish…Continue

Tags: Ulster, Israel, Royalty


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Set in Ireland with a touch of fantasy "The Last Torch" is a new exciting musical poised to take the world by storm. It's Les Miserables meets Game of Thrones. This musical is an adventure through time and space connecting the past to the present through music.

"The Last Torch" centres around the historic destruction of King Philip of Spains fleet off the West coast of Ireland. Detailed accounts exist of the meeting between the Spanish Captain Francisco Cuellar and the rebel clan leader Brian O'Rourke. This musical is heavily based in history taken mostly from Franciscan writings and the detailed account of Cuellar but also contains some fictional characters and relationships.

On many levels it's a love story. It tells of the love of the Irish for their culture and land, the love for their children and their love for each other. It is romance and passion on the backdrop of conflict. This story gives homage to the fallen, to the men and women who have fought for their independence against dire odds and have given their lives in the name of freedom. It explores Indigenous, colonisation and power issues all of which are relevant today.

Whilst writing the music I was transported to another realm. I could hear the music like it was emerging from my bones, like it was being whispered in my ear. The main themes arrived in a frenzy of writing and visualising that lasted 3 months. Over the last four years this musical/opera has taken form and now needs to dance on stage. It is to this end that I am asking for support.

This is a mission about many things. It's about the colonisation of Ireland and the consequent generational damage that it caused in my family and so many others and the healing of that pain. It's about love and the feminine. It's for my mother, it's for all who went before and those who will come after. It's about remembering where I am from and inspiring you to find out your story, find your passion and go on your mission.

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Bréifne, The Middle Kingdom, O'Rourke and O'Reilly: Tale of an Unlikely Princess

Posted on November 13, 2016 at 6:30am 2 Comments

So I wrote this musical -- The Last Torch. It took a long time approximately 7 years. I even raised a bunch of money and put it onstage. I battled to tell this story. It’s an important story to me and to the Irish. 

Though I have a…


The Last Torch - Melbourne Fringe Festival - October 2014 - ACT TWO

Posted on February 27, 2016 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

Hard to hear the lyrics in the next scene. So here's one I prepared earlier. "The Queen" from The Last Torch…


Ceoldrama 'Last Torch' at The Fringe: Tight Budget, Haunting Story

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

This is the first act of the new ceoldrama "The Last Torch," which we produced as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival in October 2014. We accomplished this in six weeks, with the intention of seeing what needed to be changed, fixed, etc. It was such a difficult process that I…


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At 7:20am on December 1, 2014, mary mc ginnis said…

Fran my beautiful girl you do Danny Boy proud.

At 2:22am on December 30, 2015, Pelican Pictures said…

Did you know about the Fenian escape here?

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