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Mick Ryan's 'Here at the Fair'


By Mick Ryan

The scene is set at a country fair in 1850. A group of travelling showmen and women arrive, and set out their stalls. Using twenty of Mick's original songs, along with a little dialogue, monologue and spoken verse, the show tells the back stories of this group of society's outsiders, and puts their wandering lives of music, song, dance, lights and laughter in the social and political context of the time.
With a cast of Mick Ryan, Pete Morton, Geoff Lakeman, 'Granny's Attic' (Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyn, George Sansome and Lewis Wood), Heather Bradford and Alice Jones, this show guarantees singing and playing of the highest quality.

Behind the face each presents to the world is a back story which unfolds during the show to address the issue of the relevance of the lives they lead and the 'mere escapism' they offer the public.

About the show's writer, Mick Ryan -
Mick has been singing and writing songs in traditional style since he was sixteen.
'HERE AT THE FAIR' is Mick's sixth 'folk opera'. The previous shows ('A Day's Work', 'The Voyage', 'Tanks For the Memory', 'The Navvy's Wife' and 'The Pauper's Path') were all very well received and reviewed ('A fantastically moving piece of work' - 'R2' magazine; 'Another classic' - 'Folk North West.)

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