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Les Étoiles d’Árgent à Paris, 4e et 5e juin 2010

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Silver Stars is a theatrical collaboration between singer/song writer Seán Millar and Brokentalkers, a modern theatre production company.  In 2008, the Bealtaine Festival commissioned Seán to compose a song cycle based on his interviews with older Irish and Irish American gay men or their families.  The Bealtaine Festival [Festival of May] celebrates creativity in older age throughout Ireland.  The Festival requested Brokentalkers to collaborate with Seán in converting the song cycle into a theatrical performance.  Brokentalkers is Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon, who bring modern technology to keep live [and sometimes virtual] theatre accessible to present day audiences.  The resultant Silver Stars was first presented with a cast of 10 men of varying ages and sexualities in the Project Arts Centre in May 2008.

Following on from this success, Seán and Brokentalkers were invited to present Silver Stars in the Dublin Theatre Festival in September/October 2009.  Two more songs were added to the song cycle, again composed by Seán, but this time in collaboration with the show’s revamped cast of 10 gay men.  This resulted in invitations to stage the show at  the Under the Radar Festival in The Public Theater in New York in January 2010.  This coming weekend sees the show at Centre Culturel Irlandais in the magnificent Collège des Irlandais in Paris: Friday 4th & Saturday 5th June @ 7.30pm; tickets are free.  In August the show travels to Tampere, Finland for the Tampereen Teatterikesä festival: Friday, 6th August @ 7.30pm; Saturday, 7th August @ 1pm.  Culture Ireland, the state agency for the promotion of Irish arts abroad, has been a major sponsor for Silver Stars on the international stage.

Personal note: It has been an enormously thrilling and empowering experience to be a member of the cast of Silver Stars.  I’m chuffed to be involved in it!  It has been a great delight to see it grow from its Bealtaine Festival beginnings into something worthy of international audiences.  Cast, musicians, crew, along with Seán, Feidhlim and Gary have been great fun to work with – always!  🙂

Come Finland in August, Silver Stars may still not have run its full course: Watch this space!!

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Written by Frank McMullan

2 June 2010 at 10:11

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