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Aodan Fox to star in One-Man Muse Production!

Muse Productions are delighted to return one again to the stage this September 15th to 17th with a wonderful piece of theatre titled “A Night in November”.  Written by Marie Jones of “Stones in His Pockets” fame, “A Night in November” follows Kenneth Norman McCallister, a Protestant dole clerk working in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has “cleanly discriminated” against Catholics throughout his life, and indeed he gains much pleasure when he gets accepted into the golf club ahead of his Catholic boss. This continues until he witnesses the hatred directed towards the Catholic supporters of the Republic of Ireland at a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Northern Ireland which causes him to question his beliefs and his identity as a British Protestant in Northern Ireland. The play shows how Kenneth deals with his identity crisis through monologues and soliloquies as well as introducing numerous other characters for Kenneth to interact with, all played by the one actor, the multiple award winning Aodan Fox.

Aodan is well known to Shannon audiences for his many roles with Shannon Musical Society, Icarus Drama Group and more recently with Muse Productions.  This is a tour de force performance by Aodan, playing multiple roles of all ages and sexes, from Kenneth’s kids, to his wife, her father, their friends and many more besides.  Beautifully directed by Ted Germaine this is a treat for all ages, although some of the themes may be too mature for very young children.  Muse are delighted to be back once again in Hope Café, where we performed “The Crucible”, and more recently “Love, Loss and What I Wore” and “Closer than Ever”.  Once again we are indebted to our sponsors in Shannon Springs Hotel and EI Company, without whose support we simply couldn’t survive.

Tickets are €10 and are available from our new Online Booking System at or indeed by phone at (087) 413 6822
Tickets also available on the door provided we have availability

Muse Productions present “Our House” The Musical

Our House – The Award Winning Musical by Madness

Finally, two years after our first announcement, we are in a position to move ahead with the fantastic “Our House” Musical originally planned for November 2020. Despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic we still managed three productions, “Billie, Barbara and Sam”, “A Midsummer Nights Dream – Shakespeare in the Park” and “Love Loss and What I Wore” and will also be performing in the Wings Festival later this month with “Closer than Ever- A Musical Revue”. All of this has been made possible by the wonderful support of the community of Shannon, and of our stellar sponsors, particularly Shannon Springs Hotel and EI Company.

“Our House” is a fantastic musical based on the Music of Madness, following the life of young Joe Casey, who on his 16th birthday makes a fateful decision that affects the outcome of his life. We follow “Good Joe” and “Bad Joe” through the two very different paths his life would take, based on one “sliding doors” moment. This is a musical for all the family, with a great moral core in addition to the toe tapping hits of Madness including songs like “Our House”, “It Must be Love”, “My Girl”, “Baggy Trousers”, “Embarrassment” and many more. “Our House” was nominated for three Olivier Awards in 2003 and won “Best New Musical”.

Our production team from “In the Heights” are back once again with Martin McNelis directing, Mary Rose McNally our MD, and recently AIMS nominated choreographer Pam McGlynn returning, assisted by our own Lauren Kate Browne as Dance Captain. Ted Germaine will once again be Stage Manager,

This is an energetic show with great opportunities for both youth and older performers in the adult roles. We will be holding a workshop and auditions in late June and are inviting anyone interested to please contact us and express interest through our Facebook page:

“Our House” will take place November 2nd – 5th 2022 in St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School. Auditions will be held in June with Rehearsals starting Late August or early September.

Muse Productions to present Shakespeare in the Park

Like every other society in the country, we’re hungry for live performance and tired of Zoom!  In anticipation of the accelerated vaccine rollout and the opportunity to potentially return to live theatre, Muse Productions started planning for a Shakespeare in the Park event, performing “A Midsummer Nights Dream” in the town park in Shannon on the weekend before Midsummer night.  We knew it would be a close thing, but we’re down to the wire now and all indications are good.  We started with readings over Zoom and finalised casting.  We then worked with small groups following the guidelines allowed for outdoor gatherings.  Luckily, the play is naturally split between 3 main groups, the Mortals, the Fairies and the Mechanicals.  We were able to put a rough shape on each group prior to the announcement that 15 people could attend a cultural event outdoors.  We then expanded our rehearsals and were lucky enough to have access to a large garden with a 40ft Deck that served as our stage.  In recent weeks we have been rehearsing once a week in the Town Park in early morning.  The few early risers who passed by have been very enthusiastic about seeing the finished product.

Outdoor Rehearsals in Full Swing

As this is a first for us, we are not charging for the performances.  It will be a first come, first served, “pay what you like” approach.  We have spent a lot of time dealing with the Shannon Municipal District who have given us a lot of guidance on running outdoor events of this type.  Risk assessments, garda presence, first aid, toilet facilities all had to be considered, but as I say we’re on the final straight and everything is looking good. Lets just hope the weather holds!

For the production itself, we have gone back to basics.  No set (apart from some camouflage netting), a handful of tables, chairs and props, and a unique styling for each group.  The Mortals will be in modern dress, more well to do; the Mechanicals will be variations on denim and the Fairies will look have an eclectic fashion sense picked up from whatever they liked over the last 400 years!  No lighting, no microphones, but there will be some music, performed by the fairies and some of the lovers.  All in all it should be a fun few evenings for all the family, not to be taken too seriously.  And even if it rains, or nobody comes, we’ll have had a couple of months of laughs and socialising that’s been badly missed.  And remember, the course of true love never did run smooth! Lord what fools these mortals be!

Muse Productions present “Our House”

Muse Productions are proud to announce that our next production will be the Olivier Award winning feelgood musical “Our House” based on the music of Madness.

This is a fantastic show featuring a strong youth based front line but with roles for all ages, Featuring such hits as “It Must Be Love”, “My Girl”, “Baggy Trousers” and of course the title track “Our House”, this is a dramedy for all ages. Part “Blood Brothers”, part “Sliding Doors”, we witness the alternate paths one bad decision can cause in a young life.

“Our House” will be directed by Martin McNelis, with Laura Gough joining as Choreographer and Shane McVickers as Musical Director. “Our House” will run in St Patrick’s Comprehensive School from Oct 28 – 31 and we once again thank our title sponsors at the Shannon Springs Hotel for their unwavering support of the arts in Shannon

In the Heights hits the Heights!

The Cast and Crew of In The Heights

We are delighted to announce that Muse Productions have received three nominations from AIMS for our recent production of “In the Heights”.

First up was our Front of House team led by Anne Barnes who have been nominated for Best House Management. Anne has also been nominated with our friends in Shannon Musical Society for the same award in the Gilbert Category, so here’s to the double! Anne was supported by a great team, notably her daughter Alice and Eoin Sheedy, but there were many more on the team who all deserve the recognition.

Next was Ted Germaine who was nominated for Best Stage Management. If ever there was a labour of love, this was it. In as much as its possible for one man to build an entire set, Ted did it. Thats not to take from all the people who helped out, particularly Francis Maloney who saved our bacon with the roller door, but nobody would object to singling Ted out for his single-mindedness and dedication.

Finally, Edel McFadden was nominated in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her touching portrayal of Abuela Claudia. Edel is no stranger to AIMS having won Best Supporting Actress and Best Overall Performer for SMS in the role of Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly in 1989, so this will be her 30th anniversary. Lets hope that’s a good omen!

We would like to thank the entire cast and crew for their dedication and good humour for what was a really special piece of theatre. The Nominations are a lovely cherry on top, but the reaction of our audiences is all the accolades we need. We’d also like to thank our friends and sponsors in The Shannon Springs for their constant support, without which none of this would be possible.

Finally we would like to congratulate our friends in neighbouring societies on their nominations also, particularly Shannon, Ennis, Limerick MS, Cecilians MS, Galway MS, Thurles, Bravo, Carrick and Tralee. Roll on the Awards weekend in Killarney!