Twenty-four-year-old Tullamore native Fiona O’Malley is to bring her musical “The Daily Fail” to an off West End venue in London, following a sell-out three day run at the IYAF (International Youth Arts Festival) Festival in the UK earlier this summer.
Speaking to the Offaly Independent Fiona said the musical will be performed seven times between October 15 and 20 at the Waterloo East Theatre in central London, and added that she’s hoping to bring the musical on to other London theatres in the future.
“The Daily Fail” is a comedy that takes a satirical look at the Leveson Inquiry hacking scandal and the nature of modern media and fame.
The story is about two girls – London and Dim – who have no talent but are desperate to be famous.
They find themselves in hell when their fairy godmother Rupert Murdoch grants their wish, but they find they cannot handle the pressure of fame and the press.
Since its performances at the IYAF Festival “The Daily Fail” has been tweaked, and Fiona said she’s confident it’s now ready for the bigger stage.
“The audiences loved it,” she said. “They clapped and laughed at the right moments. Since the IYAF running we’ve taken out two songs, shaved 20 minutes off the script and added a new song and scene.
"We’ve recast almost everyone and our new cast are triple threats: they can all sing, act and dance to a world-class level. Overall the production is stronger, tighter and bigger now and I’m confident that it will be well-received in central London.”
The musical by the Untold Theatre Company has received compliments from critics and the general public alike. It has been described as “extraordinary” by Kingston deputy mayor Barry O’Mahony and “a very successful premier production” by London theatre critic Simon Wilson.
The production even got good wishes from royalty, via the secretary for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
“It’s so flattering to have people like the royal family backing the musical, but we value the common man’s support just as much, if not more, because they’re the ones buying our tickets and an artist is only as good as its fans,” Fiona said.