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Sunday 16 December 2018

Mrs Doubtfire charity show for RDS

ONE of the all-time favourite family films is getting the musical treatment in a Wexford theatre production that also aims to raise funds for suicide prevention charity Pieta House.

Inspiration Performing Art and Talent will present their adaptation of the classic Robin Williams movie Mrs Doubtfire on October 25 in the Concert Hall of the RDS, an event that will also include a craft affair.

The group behind Mrs Doubtfayre have been working on the production for more than a year and are hoping to entertain 1,600 people over two performances.

The show took on an unexpected poignancy last month with the death by suicide of the film's star.

Theatre director Iris Whelan said the story, performed by a cast of 20, provided a "very strong message" for families experiencing a separation or divorce.

"I hope the audience take something away from the show - the court case process is equally tough on fathers and this is reflected in an amazing and unusual way in the story," she said.

awareness

In light of recent events, Ms Whelan said it was of crucial importance to raise awareness of the work that Pieta House carries out.

"Depression can occur in so many different circumstances including that of a divorced father who has limited access to his family," she said.

The curtain goes up on the performances at 12pm and 8pm.

Describing the event as a "brilliant family day out", Ms Whelan said the musical also included an additional Irish dimension to the script.

It is the latest in a string of tributes and charity initiatives to take place in Ireland to mark the passing of the much-loved comic actor who died at his home in California on August 11.

Last week, 22 Omniplex cinemas around the country screened his classic Oscar-winning movie Good Will Hunting, which raised more than €20,000 for Pieta House.

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