Arthurs Day John Hewitt

Fra Fee will perform alongside 3 other local musical theatre stars in ‘Arthur in the Afternoon’, a musical revue at The John Hewitt to celebrate Arthur Guinness Day in Belfast.

There are over 500 free gigs all over Ireland to celebrate Arthur Guinness Day on Thursday 26th September. ‘Arthur in the Afternoon’ is presented by Blunt Fringe Productions, one of the ideas to be submitted as part of the Arthur Guinness Projects. While the project from Claire Murray did not get to the second level of funding, the Arthur Guinness team were so impressed with her idea that they contacted Claire last week to ask her to put on a show as part of the Arthur Guinness Day celebrations.

With only three weeks to do it, it could have proved to be an impossible task but Claire has managed to get together an impressive cast of West End and musical theatre stars to perform. It helps that one of them is her brother, Fra Fee.



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Fra Fee is best-known for playing Courfeyrac in Tom Hooper’s film adaption of Les Miserables. In the last year since the filming of Les Miserables, Fra played Florizel in Howard Goodall’s professional world premiere of ‘A Winter’s Tale’,Young Buddy in ‘Follies’ at the Toulon Opera in France and in August this year Fra was guest soloist for BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’. He has just been cast in the title role of ‘Candide’ at the Menier Chocolate Factory alongside Scarlett Strallen which opens at the end of November.

‘Arthur in the Afternoon’ is a song title from ‘The World Goes ‘Round’ by Kander and Ebb, which is the first full-scale production that Blunt Fringe will present from 14th-18th January 2014 at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

It is a fitting title for a lunchtime show that is celebrating Arthur Guinness himself. The show will star our very own West End and musical theatre stars: Christina Bennington, Fra Fee, Marion Jordan and Barry McGonagle who all hail from Northern Ireland and who are returning to the city to perform at this gig.

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Barry McGonagle is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. Having discovered his love of singing and acting through his role in a series of Halifax TV adverts, Barry has performed regularly as a Backing and session artist working alongside brilliant artists such as Elton John, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Queen, Il Divo and Ant and Dec!

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Christina Bennington has just completed her training in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting and is a member and featured soloist with MT4Uth. She most recently played Susan in ‘The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe’ at Creation Theatre.

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Marion Jordan is an award winning performer who has performed at all the top theatres in Belfast as well as performing live at Belfast’s esteemed ‘Opera in the Gardens’ event as soloist to John Anderson’s “Voices of Ireland”. She has guested with well known talents such as Peter Corry, Jacqui Dankworth and Jackie Flavelle and was guest vocalist just last weekend at Dunfanaghy Jazz festival.

‘Arthur in the Afternoon’ is at 1pm at The John Hewitt, Donegall Street. Admission is free but pre-booking is recommended for lunch on 02890 233 768.

For further information contact Claire Murray at claire@bluntfringe.com or 07976 595517

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