Friday 15 December 2017

Dubliner Lauryn's big chance to take musical Stateside

Lauryn Gaffney's music has been accepted into the San Diego Fringe Festival.
Lauryn Gaffney's music has been accepted into the San Diego Fringe Festival.

A 22-year-old Dublin woman has written a musical that has been accepted into a prestigious US arts festival

However, Lauryn Gaffney, from Malahide, said that it will cost about €40,000 for the 22-strong cast and band to perform at the event.

The show, called Big Shot, has been invited to perform for a week at the San Diego Fringe Festival.

"We want to bring the cast, crew and band over in July," said Lauryn.

"It is a big fringe festival where loads of different shows premiere their work. It is a pretty big event over there," she explained.

Lauryn is a part-time vocal trainer and has been writing songs since her early teens.

Two years ago she began writing a song that, in her mind, sounded perfect for the role of a lawyer.

Taking inspiration from this initial song, Lauryn set about writing what was to become Big Shot, the musical.


The show centres around the story of Jeremy Crocker, a savvy defence lawyer thriving in New York City's bustling legal profession.

The musical debuted at The Helix in DCU and his since been performed on several more occasions at the O'Reilly Theatre last month, and St Patrick's College.

Lauryn said that the upcoming event is an exciting opportunity.

"The fringe festival is one of the most exciting arts and culture events in North America," she said.

The Big Shot team is now working to raise the necessary funds to take the show Stateside, she said.

A variety of fundraising events are due to take place in the coming months, the first of which is a performance booked for May 14 at The Sugar Club, she said.

They are also keen to work with Irish and American businesses who are keen to support Irish arts, and an array of sponsorship deals are on offer for organisations who are interested in becoming involved, according to Lauryn.


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